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Half-time: Australia 1-0 Brazil

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Goal! Australia 1-0 Brazil (Polkinghorne 11)

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Tonight’s lineups

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Preamble

Here we go again then. Hot on the heels of Saturday night’s opener in this two-game mini series in Sydney’s west, the Matildas go in search of back-to-back wins against Brazil following their 3-1 win four days ago.

Tony Gustavsson’s women were impressive at times first time out against the team currently ranked seventh in the world by Fifa (Australia are 11th, don’t forget), but equally some well-known frailties reared their heads, chiefly at the back. Coach Tony Gustavsson at least was honest and aware enough to acknowledge that after the match, when saying this team still has a lot of work to do.

Brazil may not be the team they once were, despite their lofty ranking, but wins have not come easily to Gustavsson since he took the reins – Saturday’s was just his third as Matildas coach – and another one tonight will be gratefully received as the clock ticks down towards a Women’s World Cup on home soil in 2023.

Another entertaining 90 minutes is on the cards at the excellent CommBank Arena on the banks of the Parramatta River. Kick-off is about 45 minutes away, so stick with us. In the meantime, do get in touch on email or tweet @mike_hytner with any thoughts on tonight’s game.



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