Matildas dusted, however not completed

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The primary spherical of Group C matches have completed on the FIFA Ladies’s World Cup and the outcomes haven’t fallen within the Matildas’ favour.

After Australia went down 2-1 on the loss of life in opposition to Italy, Group C rivals Brazil kicked off their marketing campaign with a Three-Zero victory over World Cup debutants Jamaica, courtesy of a hat trick from Cristiane Rozeira.

Australian followers tuning in for the primary time could also be pondering it’s not trying good for the Matildas, having lived via the Socceroos’ failure to progress from the group stage of their final two makes an attempt.

The excellent news is, not like the boys’s World Cup – the place third and fourth place in every group exit the match – the ladies’s match has 24 groups, with six teams of 4 groups (versus a 32-team match). Which means the 4 finest third-placed groups will progress via to the Spherical of 16 knockout matches.

Primarily based on the 2015 match, 4 factors (one win, one draw, one loss) was sufficient to safe nations a spot within the Spherical of 16, with two groups even escaping the group stage on three factors.

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With the following match scheduled in opposition to Brazil on Thursday night time (Friday, 2am AEST), a win would put Australia within the field seat to progress, assuming they’ll safe not less than a draw within the ultimate group match in opposition to Jamaica.

Two wins would nearly definitely assure development, and the potential to face lower-ranked groups within the Spherical of 16.

Whereas the Matildas might not have gotten off to a great begin, I’m assured they’ll mud themselves off and get the job completed within the remaining matches.


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