Revenge is a dish best served in moist, rainy Newcastle
Good evening and welcome to ABC’s coverage of Matilda’s second and final friendship against the United States!
My name is Samantha Lewis and I will walk you through all the action live from McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle.
It’s been a hot, sprinkling afternoon on the central coast of New South Wales, casting a damp, uncomfortable glow over everything.
Hopefully this isn’t a Shakespearean play and the bad weather isn’t a bad omen for our Matilda, who is looking forward to a comeback after their 3-0 loss to USA on Saturday.
The defending world champions could not have expected a better start to the first friendly in Sydney, scoring his first goal in just the 24th match. Second After a mix-up between Matildas’ young centre-backs Jessica Nash and Courtney Nevin, who were called in to replace veterans Elana Kennedy and Claire Polkinghorn.
United States midfielder Lindsey Horan talks about the joy she finds in calming an emotional home crowd in the build-up to that first game, and how few things compare to seeing an American athlete’s sh*t-talking come true. more angry.
The record-breaking crowd of 36,109 at Stadium Australia fell into a deep, humble silence after striker Ashley Hatch’s first goal, while Rose LaValle and Horan added to the misery after scoring second and third respectively.
However, the game itself was much more a competition than a score-line, and had it not been for an excellent start from USA goalkeeper Casey Murphy and a shocking miss by Kyah Simon, Matilda would have likely scored a doubles. .
As Matildas boss Tony Gustavsson said after the match, Australia dominated in almost every statistical category – except for areas of the pitch that ultimately mattered.
Another record-breaking crowd is expected for the rematch tonight in Newcastle. Can Americans clean-sweep their first trip in 20 years Down Under?
Or will Matilda claim her second win over the four-time World Cup winners and, perhaps more importantly, have Horan to eat at her own words?
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What is your prediction? What does Matilda need to focus on to get a result in this final hit-out ahead of January’s Asian Cup? Tell me!