‘We’re ready to put on a show’: Raso says big Netherlands crowd will bring out the best in Westfield Matildas
The Westfield Matildas are set to get an early taste of the incredible atmosphere of a FIFA Women’s World Cup in Sunday morning’s (AEST) friendly against the Netherlands.
More than 25,000 tickets have been sold for the clash at the Philips Stadion in Eindhoven, with hopes high that the 35,000-capacity venue will sell out.
Australia’s status as one of the contenders for the FIFA Women’s World Cup has caught the attention of the Dutch fans, who are clamouring to get a seat at the vital pre-tournament hit-out.
Westfield Matildas attacker Hayley Raso – who played for Brisbane Roar in last season's Westfield W-League and has previously turned out for Canberra United and Melbourne Victory – says the clash with the Oranjevrouwen is the perfect game for the side ahead of their opening World Cup-clash against Italy on June 9.
“We are really excited [about the Netherlands friendly]. It’s coming up quick now,” Raso said.
“It is also good playing against crowds who are maybe more so cheering for the other team.
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“It kind of hypes you up and you want to show everybody what you can do. Us girls, we are really looking forward to it and we’re ready to put on a show in front of that big crowd.”
Ante Milicic put his squad through a light session on their arrival in the Netherlands on Wednesday, with the side to have two more days of training before taking on the eighth-ranked Dutch.
The match kicks-off at 2.15am on Sunday AEST (6.15pm Saturday local time).
FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ – Group C – Australia Matches
Australia v Italy
Date: Sunday, 9 June 2019 (AEST)
Venue: Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes
Kick-off: 9.00pm AEST (1.00pm local time, same day)
Australia v Brazil
Date: Friday, 14 June 2019 (AEST)
Venue: Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier
Kick-off: 2.00am AEST (6.00pm local time, Thursday 13 June)
Jamaica v Australia
Date: Wednesday, 19 June 2019 (AEST)
Venue: Stade des Alpes, Grenoble
Kick-off: 5.00am AEST (9.00pm local time, Tuesday 18 June)
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