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Now or never for the Matildas as Women’s World Cup begins | Richard Parkin

Australian squad must fire to overcome the ever-expanding pool of contenders for the World Cup title

425 days ago the Matildas began their journey to France with a 0-0 draw against South Korea in AFC qualifying. On Sunday the real action begins.

It’s been an eventful four years since the World Cup in Canada, starting with the Matildas’ historic 2015 pay-strike, which saw them withdraw from a high-profile friendly series against the USA. A bruising two-year back-and-forth with Football Federation Australia followed, before a landmark collective bargaining agreement was announced in 2017.

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