Matil­das brace for chal­lenge

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ALEN Sta­j­cic has thrown down the gaunt­let, urg­ing his Matil­das to re­dis­cover their cus­tom­ary dom­i­nance against Chile seven months out from the most com­pet­i­tive Women’s World Cup yet.

Warn­ing against un­der­es­ti­mat­ing the “tech­ni­cally su­perb” world No.39 South Amer­i­cans, the na­tional-team coach, pic­tured, pointed out a slip in Aus­tralia’s on-field supremacy dur­ing last month’s away friendlies against France and Eng­land.

In­jury and ill­ness were mit­i­gat­ing fac­tors in the 2-0 loss and 1-1 draw, but to­day’s clash in Pen­rith and Tues­day’s re­match in New­cas­tle presents a prime op­por­tu­nity to bounce back in front of home crowds.

“We prob­a­bly in the last few matches haven’t con­trolled matches like we have done be­fore,” Sta­j­cic said.

“Re­gard­less of our re­sults the last three or four years we’ve tended to dom­i­nate al­most ev­ery match, but in the last two or three we haven’t, so we want to get back to the level where we know when we dom­i­nate the re­sult al­most al­ways goes in our favour.”

Pic­tures: AAP

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