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Matildas kicking goals for women’s sport

04 Aug 2017

The Australian Matildas have proved themselves as genuine world beaters with a resounding clean sweep of the Tournament of Nations in the US, finishing with a 6-1 thrashing of Brazil in today’s final.

The historic victory in the four nation tournament included the Matildas’ first ever win (1-0) over the USA last week and a 4-2 victory over Japan earlier this week.

Australian Sports Commission Chair John Wylie congratulated the Matildas and said it was another victory for the rising profile of the team and women’s sport in Australia.

“If anyone needed proof that women’s sport is kicking goals in Australia, just take a look at today’s scoreboard and the stunning performance of our Matildas throughout the entire Tournament of Nations,” Wylie said.

“The Australian Sports Commission has long advocated for the increased recognition of women’s sport, but performances like we’ve seen from the Matildas must surely speak for themselves. The victory was emphatic, dominant and pure class.

“The last few years have been revolutionary for women’s sport in Australia. Even in the last 12 months we can point to incredible examples such as our women’s Rugby 7s team winning Olympic gold and the success of the inaugural Women’s AFL season.”

The Matildas have been on the rise for several years, making the quarter finals of the World Cup in 2015 and then qualifying for the Rio Olympics, where they were knocked out in a heartbreaking loss to Brazil.

ASC CEO Kate Palmer said: “Beating Brazil 6-1 today shows the Matildas continue to build momentum and raise their status on the international rankings.

“This has been a truly remarkable effort from the Matildas and I congratulate all the players and coaching staff on what they have achieved.

“To follow the brilliant win over the USA with such comprehensive victories against a global football power like Brazil and our fierce rival Japan speaks volumes for this magnificent team.”

For details of the match, read here.

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