The Australian Women’s National Football Team have found blistering form through the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada so far and have become the country’s first ever entrant into the quarterfinals after posting a gritty 1-0 win over Brazil in the Round of 16 earlier this week.
The Matildas were unlucky to be drawn in Group D at the 2015 Women’s World Cup alongside clear tournaments favourites the United States, but their opening tie 3-1 loss to the Stars and Stripes only appears to have galvanised the squad.
Rated outsiders in their match with notable African entrants Nigeria, the Matildas produced one of their best efforts so far in jumping out to an early 1-0 lead before in-form sharpshooter Kyah Simon completed a brace to see Australia post a 2-0 victory.
Needing only a draw with Sweden to ensure progression to the Round of 16, a fifth minute strike from captain Lisa De Vanna was cancelled out by the heavily-favoured Swedes only ten minutes later, but that is where the scoring would end and saw Australia equal their best ever effort at a Football World Cup.
Australia was again given little chance of success when drawing the powerhouse of Brazil in the Round of 16, led by the always-dangerous and widely considered the world’s best player Marta.
The Matildas’ belief and fearlessness has been undoubtedly a leading trait in their success through the 2015 Women’s World Cup and it again paid dividends when Simon again finished off a deflected De Vanna strike in the 80th minute to ensure a nation-best result at a Soccer World Cup.
Having made it to the quarterfinal stage, the Matildas again face a serious fight against reigning World Champions Japan, who delivered Australia a disappointing defeat in last year’s Asian Cup final most recently.
Japan topped Group C at the 2015 Women’s World Cup after posting comfortable wins over each of Cameroon, Switzerland and Ecuador; securing their position in the quarterfinals with a 2-1 win over The Netherlands on Wednesday afternoon.
Despite their impressive run of form against nation’s widely considered superior, the Matildas have again been rated outsiders for their match with Japan ($2) and are more than worth consideration for a bet at current $3.50 odds with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
Kyah Simon and Lisa De Vanna have been inspiration at the head of Australia’s attack, and offer exceptional value for money to open the scoring in their quarterfinal clash with the Nadeshiko.
The Matildas will line-up against the Japanese Women’s Football Team at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton early Sunday morning Australian time.