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Matildas fall to Brazil in opener

Players compete for the ball in the opening match
Players compete for the ball in the opening match
Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images

There were tough conditions at the Queensland Academy of Sport to open the series but the Matildas just couldn’t hold on falling to a 1-0 loss on Sunday

Australia were impressive in the wet in Brisbane as they contained the Brazilian team well throughout the match, but just could not quite hold on.

The Matildas started the match well and in the opening minute they went close as Michelle Heyman was able to get a shot away but didn’t find the target.

Emily Van Egmond and Lisa De Vanna were linking up well and creating chances without really getting clear cut shots away.

In the 23rd minute Brazil went close as Debora Oliveira found space in distance and sent her effort wide of goal before Benites headed over the bar from a corner.

At the half hour mark the heavens over Brisbane opened which made life tough for both teams but Australia settled to the change first as Heyman was able to play De Vanna through ball but she was denied as Thais Pacarte came off her line quickly and slid in to clear the ball away.

Brianna Davey was impressing in goal for the Matildas and in the late stages of the half, she was all that kept the match scoreless at half-time.

Facing tensions from senior players, Herestine De Reus, did not change her methods, and made plenty of changes at the break, including switching out De Vanna who came off for Kate Gill.

Clare Polkinghorne had the first chance of the second half, for Australia, as she came up from defense for a set-piece as she came up and hit a header at the back part that was well saved by Pacarte.

Teigan Allen was impressive down the right and was able to create chances for the Matildas on the hour mark, sending in a cross, that beat the two strikers.

With time running down Brazil were getting frustrated as they earned a number of yellow cards, forcing the world number six team to sit back a little more.

But in the 68th minute Oliveira was played clean through, allowing her to easily slot the ball past Davey, for what would turn out to be the winning goal.

Just two minutes later Australia could well have equalized as Tameka Butt sent Katie Gill clean through but Gill could only find the side netting.

Australia pushed in the final 20 minutes but just could not find the equalizer they needed, falling to a 1-0 loss.

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