The Matildas began their campaign to win the AFC Women’s Asian Cup for the second time on Sunday morning with a 0-0 stalemate against South Korea.

Here, we recap Australia’s six previous involvements at the Asian Cup ahead of Jordan 2018.

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Hong Kong 1975 (Inaugural edition of the tournament)

Group stage:
Australia 2-3 Thailand
Australia 3-0 Singapore

Semi-final:
Australia 2-3 New Zealand

Third place play-off:
Australia 5-0 Malaysia

Australia 2006

Australia’s return to the AFC federation in 2005 meant that once again the Matildas would grace the stage of the Asian Cup while also hosting the tournament for the first time ever on home turf in Adelaide.

Australia enjoyed an undefeated run en route to the final against China. Unfortunately the Matildas would fall agonizingly short of the title final despite going ahead 2-0 early on in the match. After clawing their way back into the match late on it was China that would eventually prevail on penalties to take out the final.

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Group stage:
Australia 4-0 South Korea
Australia 2-0 Myanmar
Australia 0-0 North Korea
Australia 5-0 Thailand

Semi-final:
Australia 2-0 Japan

Final:
Australia 2-2 (2-4 pen.) China

Vietnam 2008

Two years later the Matildas embarked on another tilt at the title just a few months after a heroic showing at the 2007 World Cup. A bright start to the tournament was quickly derailed by a 3-1 defeat to Japan in their final group match. The Matildas would not score another goal in Vietnam, finally finishing in fourth position.

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Group stage:
Australia 4-0 Chinese Taipei
Australia 2-0 South Korea
Australia 1-3 Japan

Semi-final:
Australia 0-3 North Korea

Third place play-off:
Australia 0-3 Japan

China 2010

Australia once again made it all the way to the final of the Asian Cup in 2010 where a 16-year-old Sam Kerr would net the opening goal. North Korea would equalise and force yet another penalty shootout decider to decide the Asian Cup champion. On this occasion however a clinical and flawless penalty shootout from the Matildas resulted in Australia bringing home its first and currently only Asian Cup title.

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Group stage:
Australia 2-0 Vietnam
Australia 3-1 South Korea
Australia 0-1 China

Semi-final:
Australia 1-0 Japan

Final:
Australia 1-1 (5-4 pen.) North Korea

Vietnam 2014

An impressive Katrina Gorry nearly led the Matildas to back-to-back Asian Cup victories in 2014 only for Japan to rain on Australia’s parade with a narrow 1-0 win in the final.

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Group stage:
Australia 2-2 Japan
Australia 3-1 Jordan
Australia 2-0 Vietnam

Semi-final:
Australia 2-1 South Korea

Final:
Australia 0-1 Japan

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Since 2014 the Matildas have gone from strength to strength advancing to the quarter-finals of both the 2015 World Cup and 2016 Olympics while also winning the 2017 Tournament of Nations in convincing fashion.

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