64 Matil­das top rugged Brazil

Sunday Herald Sun - - Sport -

A WON­DER goal from Lisa De Vanna and a glanc­ing Sam Kerr header de­lighted a sellout crowd as the Matil­das de­feated Brazil 2-1 in Pen­rith.

Just over a month after wip­ing the floor with their Rio Olympics con­querors 6-1 to win the Tour­na­ment of Na­tions, the world No.6 Matil­das opened their two-match friendly se­ries in ab­sorb­ing fash­ion in front of the 15,089strong crowd yes­ter­day.

Twenty three shots to six were the full-time stats of an af­fair Alen Sta­j­cic’s side could claim on the bal­ance of play.

De­binha’s se­cond-half goal was a con­so­la­tion for the visi­tors, but the South Amer­i­can heavy­weights were un­will­ing to as­sume the role of vic­tim in a phys­i­cal en­counter that was pep­pered with fouls.

Sta­j­cic praised his squad for a crowd-pleas­ing dis­play.

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“Even though there were scrappy mo­ments in the game, I still thought we de­served the win and showed some el­e­ments of the things that will help us get to where we want to get to,” Sta­j­cic said.

Kerr was elec­tric through­out, but it was De Vanna who drew first blood with a stun­ning, long-range vol­ley just be­fore the break.

Latch­ing onto Tameka Butt’s flick pass, Australia’s all­time record scorer de­liv­ered with her left-foot vol­ley.

The Brazil­ians re­turned with re­newed fire and An­dress­inha’s ven­omous shot had Williams mak­ing a leap­ing save onto the post, be­fore the keeper also tipped Cris­tiane’s strike onto the up­right.

But Kerr kept prob­ing and glanced a header into the net from Alanna Kennedy’s cross.

Brazil­ian coach Emily Lima lamented two er­rors..

“Com­pared to the last game at the Tour­na­ment of Na­tions we got more things right, but we made two mis­takes against a very strong team that has been de­vel­op­ing,” Lima said.

“In the se­cond half we had more con­trol and scored with a spe­cific type of goal we are used to.”

Australia’s Sam Kerr cel­e­brates her goal against Brazil yes­ter­day. Pic­ture: AAP

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