Westfield Matildas: story so far in TON

The Westfield Matildas celebrate after their history-making win over the USA at the Tournament of Nations.

Alen Stajcic’s Australians have lit up the Tournament of Nations (TON) in the USA over the last week.

Ahead of their final game against Brazil on Friday morning (AEST), we review the story so far for the in-form Westfield Matildas.

STORY SO FAR

The Tournament of Nations in the US has seen the Australians make a powerful statement against some powerful nations. It’s been hugely impressive so far, with one game to go.

In Seattle, Australia kicked off their tournament with one of the toughest tasks in women’s world football – a clash with USA on American soil.

And after a slow start, it was looking like the match might go the way of the previous 27 clashes between these two.

The US were in their groove early but you could see signs that this Aussie side wasn’t going to roll over.

Australia’s high press, game plan and technique began to show against a US side that is trying to bring through a new generation of stars.

Westfield Matildas players celebrate Tameka Butt's goal in their 1-0 win over USA.Tameka Butt with the composed second half finish to register the historic 1-0 win – Australia’s first victory over the US at their 28th attempt.

Buoyed with that win, Australia met regional rivals Japan. And it really was the Sam Kerr show in San Diego.

Kerr, 23, smashed Japan in the first half – scoring a hat-trick to give Australia a 3-1 lead at the break. Emily Van Egmond with the penalty to make it four before a late consolation to the classy Japanese.

A 4-2 win to Australia meaning Alen Stajcic’s side were now on the cusp of winning the tournament ahead of Friday’s clash with Brazil in Carson.

 

Sam Kerr celebrates one of her three goals against Japan at the Tournament of Nations.RESULTS FOR AUSTRALIA

USA 0-1 AUSTRALIA

JAPAN 2-4 AUSTRALIA

BRAZIL V AUSTRALIA

(Friday 9.15 AM, AEST)

CURRENT SITUATION

Australia
Currently on six points, a win or a draw  against Brazil will give the Matildas the trophy as no team can reach seven or nine points.

USA
To win the tournament, the USA will need Brazil to defeat Australia, and then defeat Japan while overturning the three-goal difference. Australia currently has plus-3 goal difference while the USA is at 0.

The first tie-breaker if the USA and Australia end up tied on points is overall goal difference, followed by goals scored, and then head-to-head result (which Australia holds over the USA).

Brazil and Japan
Currently with one point each, Brazil and Japan cannot win the tournament as the maximum points possible for those teams is four and Australia already has six.

FACEBOOK LIVE REVIEW WITH SARAH WALSH

Get your questions in as we analyse and review the Brazil game and tournament with former Matildas star Sarah Walsh and journalist Aidan Ormond on Friday after the clash with the Brazilians.

Set for 1pm (AEST) head to the official Facebook page of the Westfield Matildas (https://www.facebook.com/matildas/) for our “Matildas Facebook Live Review Show”.

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

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