Brasil edge Matildas

By Chris Dunkerley:

Women’s International Friendly
3pm, Sunday 6 April, 2014
Queensland Sports Academy & Athletic Centre, Brisbane

Australia 0
lost to
Brasil 1 (Debora Oliviera 68′)

Australia’s senior women’s football team, the Matildas, has been defeated by Brasil by the one goal despite controlling large sessions of the match.

In the 13th minute Alana Kennedy headed wide across goal.

21 minutes in the first chance to the visitors with Debinha’s snap shot on the turn going just wide on the left.

Emily van Egmons, playing wide on the right, was free but hit a shot well away from goal in the 39th minute.

Heavy rain marred the passing game of both sides.

Australia’s ‘keeper Brianna Davey came forcefully to take a dangerous ball in stoopage time fo the first half.

Clare Polkinghorne got forward in the 51st minute but couldn’t force the ball past the keeper from close-in in the wet.

The Matildas createed two good chance soon after but couldn’t not make them count.

In the 68th minute Debora Oliveira was played into the area by a lofted ball from Formiga, and she slotted a low finish past Matildas’ custodian Brianna Davey. 0-1

Almost immediately Australia showed their danger, with Kate Gill hitting the side netting with an angled shot after some inter-passing down the right side.

There was little in the way of chances later, with Formiga hitting high & wide.

In stoppage time Elise Kellond-Knight was on goal but couldn’t beat Picarte the Brasil ‘keeper, and Michelle Heyman cut out a loose ball but hit her shot wide on the right.

The teams will meet again behind closed doors this Wednesday at the same venue as the Matildas continue their preparations for the 2014 Asian Women’s Cup in Vietnam late next month, and the Brasilians prepare for the South American championships.

Match details
Crowd: 2,583

Referee: Nami Inazumi (Japan); Assistants: Allison Flynn, Sara Ho (Australia)

Brasil coach: Murio de Oliviera (Brasil)
Australia coach: Hesterine de Reus (Netherlands)
Team sheets not released