Matil­das to learn about op­po­nents

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

THE mam­moth chal­lenge await­ing the Matil­das as they gun for Aus­tralia’s first foot­ball World Cup win will be­come clearer this week­end.

Aus­tralia will be plucked out of the hat in Paris to­mor­row morn­ing ( AEDT), dis­cov­er­ing their group stage op­po­nents at the Women’s World Cup next year in France. As a seed, the Matil­das will avoid world cham­pi­ons United States, the hosts, as well as pow­er­houses Ger­many, Eng­land and Canada.

But there are plenty of other chal­lenges like Euro­pean cham­pi­ons Nether­lands, Scan­di­na­vian gi­ants Nor­way and Swe­den, plus Brazil able to take it up to Alen Sta­j­cic’s side.

“They are all at a high level now, so it’s re­ally more just an­tic­i­pa­tion of see­ing who we have to pre­pare against,” Sta­j­cic said.

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