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The Matildas got off to the worst possible start against the United States, conceding after just 24 seconds.

Without Alanna Kennedy and Clare Polkinghorne, the Matildas’ defense was always going to be tested against the world-dominant international women’s team.


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Australia and the United States unite ahead of the start of their women’s football match at Stadium Australia in Sydney on November 27, 2021. Photo: AFPSource: AFP

In less than a minute, the Matildas were exposed.

Jessica Nash, 17, failed to clear a header and allowed Ashley Hatch to score.

The United States is the number one team in women’s football.

“It’s been a bit of a tough camp, to be honest,” said Matildas manager Tony Gustavsson, who was previously an assistant for the United States.

“Almost half of the squad arrived late on Tuesday, even part of it at midnight, so we lost two to three practices at the start of camp here.

“But I also want to be clear, like I said at the Olympics, remember tournament mode isn’t just about a starting lineup here. It’s about the finish line as well.

For the United States, this is an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the conditions they will face when the World Cup is hosted by Australia and New Zealand in 18 months.

“It couldn’t be a better dress rehearsal for a World Cup final and we’re going to treat it the same,” Gustavsson said. “As we get into these game days with what we hope will be record crowds, this is our chance to prepare for the big moments we want to be a part of in 2023.”

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