Sky’s the limit for Matildas
STAR striker Sam Kerr has underlined the Matildas’ growing confidence, setting Australia the target of becoming “the powerhouse of women’s football”.
Kerr’s second-half header proved the winner in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Brazil in their friendly, the Matildas’ second win over the South Americans in six weeks.
More than 15,000 fans packed out Pepper Stadium in Penrith to see Lisa De Vanna give the hosts the lead with a superb volley, before Kerr’s header sealed the win.
The US-based WA striker said it was another result that would be noted around the world.
“That’s what we want, we want to win consistently against top five or top six nations,” she said.
“Brazil is a great team no matter where they’re ranked, they’re a top side and they’ve got Marta who’s one of the best to ever play the game.
“So we’ve got a lot of respect for them but now we’re wanting to be the powerhouse of women’s football.”
De Vanna’s stunning opener lifted the veteran’s international goal tally to 43.
Having already eclipsed Kate Gill as the Matildas’ record scorer, she’s now got Socceroos legend Tim Cahill watching his back.
Six more moments of magic and the 32-year-old will better Cahill’s men’s record of 48 and become Australia’s highest-ever scorer of either gender.
“I’m chasing that, that’s my next thing,” De Vanna said. “But if it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t.
“I think about it, but it’s not my main goal. It’s time for me to actually enjoy the twilight of my career.”
SPECIAL: Sam Kerr celebrates her goal that gave Australia victory over Brazil.