Matildas maintain momentum in World Cup build-up

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A solid 3-2 win against Spain has allowed the Matildas to continue to test themselves in preparation for the Women’s World Cup.

Australia really showed their class, taking it to a top-ten side and managing to get up to 3-0 at half-time. It was well up there with their best performances, and although there were two goals conceded in the second half, this game should be seen as a huge step forward in their World Cup campaign.

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Although coming out on top against one of the highest-ranking teams in the world is not something to take lightly, Matildas coach, Tony Gustavsson, wasn’t nearly as buzzed by the win as fans were. He certainly took some satisfaction from their performance, but it’s clear that he’s looking out towards the bigger picture.

“I wasn’t that excited about that first half, I think it was unfair that we were 3-0 up, Spain could’ve scored twice if it wasn’t for Macca (Mackenzie Arnold),” Tony Gustavsson said.

“So, we need to be humble and not get carried away here.”

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Gustavsson is clearly being careful to keep his team travelling on the right foot, holding onto their momentum, and making sure to take the power from the wins without letting it become overpowering. He believes that there is always a lesson to be learnt.

Sunday’s victory puts the Matildas up to six consecutive internationals wins, which is something that can definitely help to instill some confidence in the squad just five months out from the World Cup.

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“Yes, we’re six wins in, but you’re never better than your last game,” Gustavsson said.

“We’re one loss away from changing this perspective again. We need to stick to what we believe in as a team.”

Matildas captain, Sam Kerr, also has the bigger picture in mind, and is treating the Cup of Nations as a sort of group stage simulant.

“I think it’s a really good test run for the World Cup, this would be Canada,” Kerr said.

“Tonight’s game was to top the group. We’re not going to take the foot off the gas, we’re gonna keep preparing like it’s Canada.”

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Similarly to her coach, Kerr can take both positives and lessons from their win. She said that this game gave them the opportunity to try out different things, different players and different formations, which is all crucial when it comes to eventually developing consistency.

“I think it’s a good thing that we’ve copped two goals and given up a clean sheet and that we’re disappointed against a top team,” Kerr said.

“That’s the pride and the standard that we set for ourselves.”

With standards set and momentum building, the Matildas are most definitely on the right trajectory towards a successful World Cup.

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Neve McGavock
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Studying a Bachelor of Journalism and Creative Writing at the University of Wollongong. Covering Sydney FC for the 2022/23 season.

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