Australia v Argentina: Cup of Nations – live!

Half-time: Australia 2-0 Argentina


Goal! Australia 2-0 Argentina (Kennedy)



Australia 1-0 Argentina (Kerr)




It’s the final matchday of the Cup of Nations and with Korea Republic’s 2-0 win over New Zealand in the earlier fixture, the equation is very simple for the Matildas. Anything but a loss against Argentina secures top spot.

In fairness, that counts for very little – the four nation tournament was always only ever going to be about match fitness, trying new combinations and a chance for new coach Ante Milicic to cast his eye over the best available 23 ahead of the World Cup in France in June.

Argentina have been perhaps a slight disappointment – but amid a context where the women’s game in machismo-heavily South America remains criminally underfunded. Great strides have been taken in recent years, but on their showing over the last two games perhaps this crop of players is not yet ready to make major waves in France. They’ve got 90 minutes left to suggest otherwise, and there remains some individually quality players, so Matildas will be wise to not take lightly.

For Australia, Milicic promised his squad that all outfield players would get game time across this tournament – presumably third-choice Eliza Campbell could see at least 45 minutes as well, coming off a solid season in the W-League for Perth Glory. New combinations could be tested therefore, as the “gaffer” experiments for this third match.


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