The Courier-Mail

Matildas must learn lessons from loss

- RUSSELL GOULD

MATILDAS coach Tony Gustavsson had been going for 14 hours but headed straight to his computer after a 5-2 loss to Germany to clip up the game for a “laser focused” review ahead of Wednesday’s clash with the Netherland­s.

In his first outing in charge of the national team, Australia was humbled by the increased pace and intensity of Germany last weekend which Gustavsson said was a “challenge” the Matildas needed to accept.

It was long day for the Australian­s, who travelled to Frankfurt from their Netherland­s base and back again, and Gustavsson said recovery was a priority before the second clash of a schedule he put in place on purpose.

He said he wanted his players to be “open minded” about the loss to the reigning Olympic champions because the short lead-in to their own Tokyo challenge demanded they get better quickly.

“Even though we are all disappoint­ed that we lost we need to open our minds together as a team and take the learnings from it,” Gustavsson said.

“Every team or individual who wants to take that next step are also brave enough to put themselves in a position where they are challenged a little bit outside of their comfort zones … to reach that little bit higher.”

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Matildas Matild striker t ik Sam Kerr.

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