AUSTRALIA’S Matildas have annihilated Brazil 6-1 to claim soccer’s prestigious Tournament of Nations.
The sensational win will sit alongside their Asian Cup triumph in 2010 in terms of its importance and helps put women’s football on the map ahead of a busy 2018 and 19 schedule.
Gold Coasters Mackenzie Arnold and Tameka Butt featured in the campaign.
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In the final fixture of the competition, Brazil opened the scoring in the second minute of the game, and that’s where the joy ended for them.
The Matildas tore away scoring four goals to head into halftime with a commanding lead of 4-1.
Our women continued their impressive display in the second half putting two more goals in the net before the end of the match, in a game they only had to draw to win the tournament.
The competition has seen records tumble for Australia, who clinched a definitive 1-0 win over longtime rivals USA.
Australian striker Sam Kerr has been one to watch throughout the competition, highlighted by her hat-trick which she celebrated with an impressive back flip in the game against Japan last week.
Fittingly Kerr closed out today’s match scoring Australia’s sixth goal.
A strong performance here bodes well for football in Australia, with the Matildas in fantastic form for the Asian Cup next year and the FIFA World Cup in 2019.