Sport Happy homecoming for rampant Matildas

14:26  23 october  2021
14:26  23 october  2021 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

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After nearly two years away, the Matildas are finally home - destroying Brazil in a brilliant return to form.

Some 19 months after their last match on home soil, Australia beat Brazil 3-1 on Saturday night in front of a healthy crowd at the newly-renamed Commbank Stadium.

Clare Polkinghorne celebrates her goal for Australia. © Getty Clare Polkinghorne celebrates her goal for Australia.

The team last played in Australia in March 2020 when they defeated Vietnam in Olympic qualification.

Their dominant first half was rewarded just before the break as defender Clare Polkinghorne poked home from close range via a clever free kick routine.

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Mary Fowler extended the advantage after half time when she headed home a beautiful Emily van Egmond cross.

There were some brief nerves from the green and gold faithful when a mistake from Allana Kennedy, in her 100th game, gave Brazil a passage back into the match.

A slip from the veteran defender allowed Adriana into the penalty area, who slotted past an isolated Lydia Williams.

It was somewhat cruel given how dominant Australia had been, but they didn't allow that setback to fester, and instead set about attacking once again.

The Matildas ended matters when van Egmond added a goal to go with her assist, sliding home calmly after a low cross from Steph Catley.

They will play Brazil again at the same venue on Tuesday night.

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Matildas stung by Brazilian fightback .
The Matildas have thrown away a two-goal lead to draw with Brazil and leave coach Tony Gustavsson hungry for greater consistency.The home side surged ahead through Clare Polkinghorne before Sam Kerr netted in the second half to move within one goal of equalling Tim Cahill's record of 50 Australian goals.

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