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Australia v Italy: Women’s World Cup 2019 – live!

  • Updates from the Matildas’ opener in Valenciennes
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Unfortunately we must start with some bad news for the Matildas with experienced defender Laura Alleway ruled out of today’s game with a suspected fracture to her foot. The veteran of two World Cups was in fantastic form leading in and could have pushed for a starting spot.

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Well the moment has finally arrived! After patiently waiting through the first two days of competition, Matildas fans finally get the chance to see their team in action. It’s unlikely to be an easy match for the Australians, coming up against Italy who are currently ranked 15th in the world. While the Matildas are comfortably ahead with their world number 6 ranking, Italy have had some strong results lately with comfortable wins over Hungary and Thailand in March.

It’s sure to be a big one, so stay with me as I take you through the build up, then hand over to our intrepid reporter Kieran Pender for the pre-match and the game itself.

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