Pollicina strengthens Women’s World Cup case with fifth goal of the season.

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The second half of a Melbourne City vs Adelaide United double header saw the women take the pitch half an hour after the scheduled kick-off time, due to the brutal injury suffered in the men’s clash beforehand.

The game got off to a slow start in the first half, potentially due to the players’ pre-game routine being disrupted due to the kick-off delay. 

Head coach of Melbourne City Dario Vidosic said that this may have affected his players’ slow start in the first half.

“Maybe if they’ve got a routine that they like to stick to, and then if you’ve eaten a little bit later then it’s an extra almost 45 minutes to an hour so you might get hungry, so we’re trying to get them whatever they needed to replenish them a little bit and just tell them again, just to stay calm and enjoy the moment,” he said.

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However, once the second half was underway, Melbourne City looked back to their commanding selves seen throughout the rest of the season. 

Attacking midfielder Rhianna Pollicina looked dominant throughout the 90 minutes, constantly getting into dangerous areas in between the Adelaide defence.

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Pollicina’s threatening positioning culminated in the 54th minute when she received the ball with her back to goal, took a magnificent touch to her left and struck the ball with her right foot, which took a deflection into the bottom left corner.

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That goal made Pollicina the highest scorer for Melbourne City this season. With a home Women’s World Cup only months away, Pollicina is making a strong case for herself to be included in Tony Gusstavsson’s Matildas squad. Vidosic feels that Pollicina should already be a strong contender for a World Cup spot.

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“I hope all of them get a World Cup spot,” he said.

“I’ll always say that for my players. They’re ours and we love them.

“She’s [Pollicina] one that probably deserves it. All they can do is just go out and perform and give the selectors as big of a headache as possible.

“Then, at the end of the day, they [the selectors] have that final decision, but I’m sure if she went there, she would fit right in as she’s a quality player.”

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Ultimately, with a World Cup six months away, all Pollicina can do is keep her good performances going and hope that Gustavsson takes notice.

Feature Image Credit: Melbourne City FC

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Caydn Foley
Football Fanatic. Journalism student hoping to make this a career. Covering Melbourne City for the 22/23 A-Leagues season.

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