Why Brazil could be perfect opponents for the Matildas: De Vanna

Record goalscorer Lisa De Vanna insists history is on the Matildas' side as the players prepare to dig deep and launch their FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign.

A Westfield W-League Championship-winner with Sydney FC in 2018/19, De Vanna has notched an all-time best 47 goals for the Green and Gold, and as Australia aim to deliver a response to Sunday evening’s heartbreaking late opening Group C defeat to Italy, she says that familiar foes Brazil might just be ideal opposition.  

The Matildas have won their last four head-to-head meetings with the South American giants, scoring a combined nine goals in dominant Tournament of Nations victories in 2017 (6-1) and 2018 (3-1).

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Australia also triumphed over the seven-time Copa America Femenina champions in friendly victories in September 2017 in Sydney (2-1) and Newcastle (3-2).

That rivalry will be renewed in Montpellier on Thursday (kick off 2am, Friday, 14 June AEST).

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“Brazil’s always been our go-to game,” said De Vanna, who came on as a substitute in Sunday’s heartbreaking late defeat to Italy, meaning she has now appeared at four World Cups for Australia (2007, 2011, 2015, 2019). 

“I’ve always believed they’re a tournament team so it’s going to be a big, big game for us to play.

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The Matildas need to lick their wounds and get their heads together before Friday's clash with Brazil, says De Vanna

“Once we lick our wounds a little bit and get our heads together, we have to dig deep – and there’s no better team to play against that we’ve had history with than Brazil.”

The Seleção kicked off their France 2019 campaign with a 3-0 win over Jamaica in Grenoble on Sunday, with 34-year-old striker Cristiane breaking Cristiano Ronaldo’s record to become the oldest player in World Cup history to score a hat-trick.

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The Matildas will face Brazil in their second Group C clash on Friday morning

World Cup France 2019™ – Group C – Australia Matches

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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