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Women’s World Cup draw hands Matildas three tricky fixtures

Australia has avoided a ‘group of death’ for France 2019, but three difficult and uniquely challenging match-ups awaitIt’s fast becoming one of life’s guarantees. Death, taxes, and the cosmos finding a way to pair the Matildas and Seleção at the FIFA W…

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Women’s World Cup draw hands Matildas three tricky fixtures

Australia has avoided a ‘group of death’ for France 2019, but three difficult and uniquely challenging match-ups awaitIt’s fast becoming one of life’s guarantees. Death, taxes, and the cosmos finding a way to pair the Matildas and Seleção at the FIFA W…

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Women’s World Cup 2019: group stage draw – live!

Updates from the draw in Paris starting at 5pm GMTTop 100 female footballers in the world 2018Email Stuart or tweet @stuartgoodwin 4.58pm GMT … and today’s piece with Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg, where she reflects on her eventful week … Related: …

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Matildas retain No 6 ranking, avoiding top five in World Cup group stage

United States remain world’s best women’s team, followed by Germany, France, England and CanadaThe Matildas’ World Cup ambitions have been bolstered by the release of the latest Fifa world rankings, which have the Australian women’s national team holdi…

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Caitlin Foord sparks goal rush as Matildas crush Chile

Australia win 5-0 in NewcastleFoord hits hat-trick; Sam Kerr also on scoresheetThe Matildas are back. After falling to a shock defeat in Penrith on Saturday, a degree of order was restored on a wild night in Newcastle where four goals in 17 breathless …

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Matildas v Chile: women’s football international – live!

Updates from the second game of the double header in NewcastleAny thoughts? Email or tweet @JPHowcroft 8.26am GMT 7 – @TheMatildas’ Emily Gielnik has created seven scoring chances in her last four games, including three in just eight minutes against Ch…

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How costly does the Matildas’ defeat to Chile threaten to be? | Mike Hytner

Complex Fifa calculations mean Australian hopes of a seeding now lie out of their handsIn the moments after the final whistle blew in Penrith at the weekend, the immediate effects of the Matildas’ defeat to Chile were apparent: frustration, disappointm…

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New generation of golden girls not dampened by Matildas’ shock loss

Thousands flocked to Western Sydney to see superstar Sam Kerr’s Matildas – the result didn’t sour the positive impressionThe Matildas’ growing army of fans – a new generation of golden girls, turned up in their thousands to see their heroine show off h…

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Matildas’ World Cup seeding at risk after rare home loss to Chile

Australia 2-3 Chile (Van Egmond 9’, 90 + 3’; Lara 20’, Guerrero 48’, Huenteo 90’)Defensive errors could prove very costly to rankingsThe Australian women’s national team have suffered a rare home defeat to Chile, who have secured a 3-2 smash-and-grab w…

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Matildas v Chile: women’s football international – live!

Updates from the big game in PenrithAny thoughts? Email or tweet @PFConnolly 5.09am GMT 31 min: Saez slides in at left back to pinch the ball from Logarzo. Moments later, Aedo and Urrutia probe down the left flank but the Matildas defence forces them b…

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Have the Matildas really got what it takes to win the World Cup? | Danielle Warby

Ranked sixth in the world, Australia will be in the mix but expectations should be temperedAustralia, we need to talk about the Matildas. It’s time we had a frank conversation about their chances at the World Cup. We are all, on the whole, more than a …

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Sam Kerr back in strong Matildas squad for Chile friendlies

Star striker named in Alen Stajcic’s 20-woman squadAustralia play back-to-back games later this monthSam Kerr will return for the Matildas in a full-strength line-up to play Chile in back-to-back matches on home soil later this month.Coach Alen Stajcic…

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England Lionesses frustrated by penalty decisions and late Australia equaliser

• England 1-1 Australia• Kirby 21; Polkinghorne 84Despite a confident and possession-heavy display, the Lionesses were punished for their profligacy in front of goal as a late Clare Polkinghorne header earned the visitors a draw. It looked as if Phil N…

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

Live updates as the Matildas make trip to Craven CottageNext Generation: 10 young English players to watchAnd feel free to email Gregg or tweet @GreggBakowski 6.07pm BST England: Earps, Bronze, Greenwood, Nobbs, Houghton (c), Kirby, Duggan, McManus, Wa…

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England women face litmus test against ‘World Cup dark horses’ Australia

• Phil Neville says Matildas could spring surprise at France 2019• England face Australia in friendly at Craven Cottage on TuesdayEngland’s women face another intriguing litmus test of their World Cup potential when they face a physically powerful Aust…

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Sam Kerr snubbed by Fifa again as Marta wins sixth gong

Australian striker finished ninth in Fifa vote for women’s best playerVeteran rewarded for captaining Brazil to Copa America winMatildas striker Sam Kerr has been overlooked by Fifa for a second year running, with Brazilian legend Marta picking up the …

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Sam Kerr snubbed by Fifa again as Marta wins sixth gong

Australian striker finished ninth in Fifa vote for women’s best playerVeteran rewarded for captaining Brazil to Copa America winMatildas striker Sam Kerr has been overlooked by Fifa for a second year running, with Brazilian legend Marta picking up the …

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Hectic schedules raise concerns over Matildas burnout before Women’s World Cup

Fears some Australian players are near point of exhaustionFFA alert to risk and will monitor situation Matildas players will be nursed through their next international fixtures and the W-League season to ensure they aren’t burned out before next year’s…

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Matildas to play Chile in pre-World Cup double header in November

Friendlies for Penrith and Newcastle announcedMatildas have not played in Australia since MarchThe Matildas will return to action on home soil in November with matches against Chile in Penrith and Newcastle.Alen Stajcic’s side will hope for bumper crow…

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Matildas to play Chile in pre-World Cup double header in November

Friendlies for Penrith and Newcastle announcedMatildas have not played in Australia since MarchThe Matildas will return to action on home soil in November with matches against Chile in Penrith and Newcastle.Alen Stajcic’s side will hope for bumper crow…