As it happened: Matildas held a 1-1 draw with Portugal
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That’s a wrap from me. Thanks for tuning in to the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age’s live coverage of Matildas’ 1-1 draw against Portugal. Have a great day and stay tuned for all of the day’s wash up and action in the sport.
Analyst and commentator Andy Harper is another who is amazed at Tony Gustavsson’s approach to these two friendlies, fielding young players against Spain and Portugal and leaving some of Australia’s better players to rest.
“People are confused and wondering why certain things happen,” Harper said on Ten. “When to rest? When should you play against people and when against a hot team like Spain? As the caravan moves on, while we deserved a draw against Portugal… [7-0 loss against Spain] sit down for a while.”
Former Mathildas Thea Slatyer remains unconvinced after Matildas’ draw with Portugal, especially with what it means for the team’s preparations for the 2023 World Cup. Led by Tony Gustavsson, the team lacked coherence and consistency of players
“Still unsure of what the plan actually is,” she told Network Ten. “Hopefully now we have a little more consistency and less exchange of players.”
She echoes the thoughts of many who have not yet seen a visible playstyle and consistent tactics that have undermined performance and results.
Portugal misses another chance to take the lead with the final kick of the match as encarnacao fired a shot right into Lydia Williams’ arms with all the aim to aim for.
It leaves the Matildas with some of the spoils in a 1-1 draw against Portugal. Australia will complain about offside on that goal, but may have had better luck during that game. They should have had a player off the field but were spared an identity error, while Portugal missed around four clear chances to score.
It was a strong improvement from the 7-0 loss to Spain, but it was still a poor performance against a team that was 18 places down.
One minute after scoring encarnacao almost puts Portugal in the foreground. A volley at the far post guns from the near post after beating Lydia Williams in the Matilda’s goal.
A nervous lock for the Matildas.
Well, you can’t say they didn’t deserve it. Portugal draw with just four minutes to go. Poor turnover in defense was punished with precision. Carolina Mendes cuts back on Telma Encarnacao who made no mistake from close range and shot into the corner of the net.
Replays showed a hint of offside that the VAR would have picked up had it been in use. C
Ibini’s goal against the flow seems to have drained the Portuguese’s energy. The hosts had full control of the game in the first half and should have taken the lead with a series of good chances, but their waste was punished by the Matildas substitute.
Portugal’s hopes of an equalizer have become more hopeful than constructed with more long shots than anything made.
The Matildas have just six minutes plus stoppage time to hold on for a rare win in Europe.
Another look at Princess Ibini’s goal.
Replacement Princess Ibinic has completely broken the deadlock against the course of the game. A clever ball from Larissa Crummer brought Emily Gielnik into space down the right wing and a perfectly weighted low cross found Ibini’s point at the far post, who made no mistake from close range.
A well-crafted counter-attack and perhaps very cruel to the Portuguese.
73rd min: Australia leads 1-0.
The Matildas are lucky to have 11 on the pitch and not to concede a penalty. Courtney Nevino made a mistake on Tatiana Pinto on the edge of the area, but the referee correctly saw that the contact was just outside the penalty area. What the referee missed, however, was that it was Nevin who made the contact. Nevin is already on a yellow card and the referee wrongly blamed Charlotte Grant for the foul and booked the wrong person.
Fortunately for Australia, the free kick was fired far from the goal.
66th min: 0-0
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