Brave Brazilians fight back to earn dramatic draw with Matildas

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A hearty Brazilian comeback saw the Matildas denied a second straight win on their return to home soil as Tuesday’s friendly match ended 2-2.

A long, diagonal pass from Steph Catley brought an early rise in heart rate for the home fans, before Kerr’s attempted pull-back was shut down in the box.

In the seventh minute, Ellie Carpenter’s characteristic aggression saw her on the attack after some tidy interplay with Tameka Yallop and Mayr Fowler, before her good, low cross was scooped over the bar by an offside Caitlin Foord.

A 10th minute corner for the Matildas was driven back into the box by Kyra Cooney-Cross, and fell kindly for Clare Polkinghorne, who volleyed in off the bar to double her goal tally in Brazil’s venture Down Under.

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Twelve minutes in, Brazil’s relentless high pressing was pulling them back into the game. A looping cross was headed away just in front of the goal line by Polkinghorne, after Carpenter was beaten down the sideline.

The advancing Adriana was afforded space and time in front of the Australian backline before she unleashed a shot from outside the box, hitting the inside of Lydia Williams’ left post and rolled back across the face for a goal kick.

A perfect, sliding tackle from the retreating Yallop was all that could stop Tamires’ dart into the penalty area in the 25th minute.

Matildas coach Tony Gustavsson introduced Clare Wheeler and Kyah Simon at half-time in place of Cooney-Cross and Yallop.

Fowler danced through Brazil’s defence before her left-footed shot struck the near post in the 49th minute.

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In the 52nd minute Sam Kerr doubled the Matildas’ lead after another aggressive carry from Carpenter split the Brazilians’ midfield. She played into Kerr’s feet, who turned and dispatched into the bottom-left corner.

Brazil clawed one back against the run of play in the 63rd minute from their captain’s corner, taken right in front of the noisy away fans. Erika didn’t even have to jump to head the outswinger home off the back post.

Brazil’s freakish equaliser then came in 70th minute after a cross-gone-shot from Tainara was parried into the post by a scampering Williams. The ball fell to Debinha, who poked home from point-blank range, leaving Williams in heap behind the goal line.

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Fancy feet in the box from Marta frightened the Aussies in stoppage time, but as her shot was deflected over the bar, the full whistle was blown.

The Matildas must settle for a respectable win and draw from their two homecoming friendlies.

Commbank Matildas 2 (Polkinghorne 7’, Kerr 52’)

Brazil Women  2 (Erika 63’, Debinha 70’)

Stadium: Commbank Stadium

Referee: Desiree Grundbacher

Assistant Referees: Susanne Kuena and Linda Schmid

Fourth Official: Esther Staubli

Commbank Matildas: Lydia WILLIAMS (GK), Clare POLKINGHORNE, Steph CATLEY, Cailtin FOORD, Emily VAN EGMOND, Mary FOWLER, Tameka YALLOP, Alanna KENNEDY, Kyra COONEY-CROSS, Sam KERR (Captain), Ellie CARPENTER, Kyah Simon (46’), Clare WHEELER (46’), Angela BEARD (82’), Bryleeh HENRY (82’), Courtney NEVIN (82’)

Unused Subs: Karly ROESTBAKKEN, Clare WHEELER, Charli GRANT, Jada MATHYSSEN-WHYMAN (GK), Jamilla RANKIN, Remy SIEMSEN, Emma CHECKER

Brazil Women: Leticia Izidoro Lima Da Silva (GK), Erika Cristiano Dos Santos, Antonia Ronnycleide Da Costa Silva, Tamires Cassia Dias Gomes, Angelina Alonso Constantino, Debora Cristiane De Oliviera, Marta Viera Da Silva (Captain), Adriana Leal Da Silva, Maria Eduarda Francelino Da Silva, Kerolin Nicoli Israel Ferraz, Geyse Da Silva Ferreira (87’), Thais Cristina Da Silva Ferreira (87’)

Unused Subs: Lorena Da Silva Leite (GK), Karen Xavier Hipolito (GK), Bruna Santos Nhaia, Julia Bianchi, Andressa Alves Da Silva, Giovana Queiroz Costa, Ana Vitoria Angelica Kliemaschewsk De Araujo, Ariadina Alves Borges, Katrine Da Silva Costa, Ludmila Da Silva,

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