Matildas’ rivalry with Brazil resurfaces with all still to play for | Richard Parkin

As deflating as the Italy defeat was, a win over familiar foes could yet see the Australians top group C

It’s as fierce a rivalry as any in women’s football: Australia v Brazil. In 2016 hosts Brazil knocked the Matildas out of the Olympics via the penalty spot; in Canada the year before, Kyah Simon’s 80th-minute winner ended As Canarinhas’ World Cup in the round of 16. In 2011 the two sides faced off in Monchengladbach in the group stage with Brazil emerging narrow winners, while Australia’s 2007 World Cup came to an abrupt halt at the quarter-final stage courtesy a 3-2 loss.

And if that feels like ancient history, four of the five goalscorers that day – Formiga, Marta, Lisa De Vanna and Cristiane – are all at this World Cup. With 619 caps between them, they are champions of the game – with tremendous experience, and even longer memories.

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