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Matildas will be on the attack at Fifa World Cup

Attacking mentality is “Australian way”Key forwards to be given license to attackThe Matildas’ gung-ho approach against world champions USA in their 5-3 defeat this month wasn’t a one-off. It’s here to stay. Coach Ante Milicic will defy his critics and…

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Courage the new hallmark as Matildas pose questions of world’s best | Richard Parkin

The USA are the benchmark and while there’s work ahead for Australia, the questions posed in Denver are a step forwardIn the rarified air of the “Mile-High City” strange things happen in football matches between the USA and Australia. Seven years ago, …

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USA get better of Matildas in eight-goal pre-World Cup thriller

World No 1 team secure 5-3 win in ColoradoSubstitute Mallory Pugh double seals victoryThe USA’s milestone women led their side to a pulsating 5-3 win over the Matildas on a crisp Thursday night in Denver. Alex Morgan’s 100th international goal always l…

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USA v Australia: women’s football international friendly – live!

Updates as the USWNT host the Matildas in ColoradoAny thoughts? Email or tweet @mike_hytner 2.30am BST Captains Megan Rapinoe, earning her 150th cap tonight to make her the 21st US woman to reach that milestone, and Sam Kerr meet in the middle for the …

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Sixteen-year-old Mary Fowler to play for injury-hit Matildas against US

Coach Ante Milicic to run rule over teenager in Colorado Steph Catley, Laura Alleway and Chloe Logarzo miss outTeenager Mary Fowler will play for the Matildas against world No 1 ranked USA but three experienced players have been sidelined with injury.V…

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Ante Milicic backs Matildas’ natural instincts in pre-World Cup test against US

Matildas face world No 1 side in Colorado on FridayCoach confident in way team play, says Lydia WilliamsThe Matildas are being urged to play their own game and not be distracted by the status of their opponents when they meet world No 1 United States i…

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Mary Fowler returns to Matildas squad for pre-World Cup test in US

16-year-old gets chance to impress Ante MilicicUncapped Teagan Micah and Elizabeth Ralston includedTeenage talent Mary Fowler has been convinced to give the Matildas another shot, with the 16-year-old a headline inclusion by Ante Milicic in his 23-woma…

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No expense spared with Matildas to replicate Socceroos’ pre-World Cup camp

Australia to gear up for France at plush resortTen-day training camp in Turkey scheduled for MayThe Matildas have been afforded the same level of investment as their male counterparts in preparation for this year’s Women’s World Cup with confirmation t…

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Matildas’ World Cup ‘spew two’ strip revealed, to positive reception

Nike-designed strip unveiled ahead of France 2019‘it’s a kit that expresses us and reflects us as individuals’For the first time, the Matildas will wear a uniquely designed kit at this year’s World Cup, with the Nike-designed strip being revealed on Tu…

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Cup of Nations secured, now the real work starts for Matildas | Richard Parkin

The tournament has been an unmitigated success given the recent ructions but a World Cup campaign now loomsThree games played, three games won. Nine goals scored, one goal conceded. But for an exceptional free-kick from player of the tournament, Korea …

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Australia v Argentina: Cup of Nations – live!

Updates from the tournament finale in MelbourneAny thoughts? Email or tweet @rrjparkin 7.32am GMT 30 min: A dangerous freekick as well, and Williams comes to punch clear, but it falls to an Argentine. It’s a first-time volley from the right back Barros…

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Matildas to set up home at state-of-the-art facility in Melbourne

Football Victoria plan gets FFA backing‘Coming of age for women’s sport in Australia’The Matildas will be able to call Melbourne home after Football Victoria, with the backing of Football Federation Australia, announced its intention to establish a sta…

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Ruthless Matildas punish mistakes and display growing confidence

Australia’s win over New Zealand blew out some nerves, their win over South Korea shows the swagger is returningIf the Matildas’ Cup of Nations campaign kicked off on Thursday with an encounter marked by the sense the team was feeling its way into a ne…

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Cup of Nations: Australia v South Korea – live!

Live updates as the Matildas take on Taegeuk LadiesAny thoughts? Join the conversation via email or tweet 8.34am GMT 17 min: There’s a bit of niggle out there. For anyone who imagines this is just a friendly, with spots up for grabs ahead of the World …

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Sam Kerr: a Matildas leader in Ante Milicic’s own image

After just one game the new Matildas era has begun in promising fashion – calmly, with work ethic and quiet leadershipWith fifteen minutes to play against New Zealand on Thursday night, and players coming off mixed preparations in warm conditions in S…

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Matildas begin new era with comfortable win over New Zealand

Australia 2-0 New Zealand (Gielnik 44’, Raso 74’)Ante Milicic’s first game in charge ends in victoryHaving endured a horror few weeks following the controversial dismissal of Alen Stajcic, few would begrudge those Matildas players who wanted attention …

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Australia v New Zealand: Cup of Nations – live!

Updates from Ante Milicic’s first game in charge of the MatildasAny thoughts? Email or tweet @JPHowcroft 8.33am GMT 2 mins: Australia are bossing the opening exchanges with the fullbacks both pressing high and Carpenter in particular invited to carry t…

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Time finally comes for Matildas to do talking at Cup of Nations | Richard Parkin

In the context of the negativity of the last month, the tournament on home soil provides a reset for fans and players alikeDespised by club coaches as season interrupters, endured by bone-weary players, and met with something often scarcely warmer than…

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Time finally comes for Matildas to do talking at Cup of Nations | Richard Parkin

In the context of the negativity of the last month, the tournament on home soil provides a reset for fans and players alikeDespised by club coaches as season interrupters, endured by bone-weary players, and met with something often scarcely warmer than…

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Sam Kerr named captain as Matildas move into Ante Milicic era

Striker to lead side at Cup of Nations and World CupSteph Catley named vice-captain by new coachNew Matildas coach Ante Milicic has handed the captain’s armband to star striker Sam Kerr as the team prepare for their first outing in the post-Alen Stajci…