Australia and USA open Tournament of Nations with wins
10 goals in the two opening games of #ToN2018 with a hat-trick to Alex Morgan of the USA27 July 2018 | FT Editor
The Matildas have kicked-off their Tournament of Nations defence with a 3-1 win over Brazil, in a match that had lots of free kicks, fouls and chances for both sides.
Australia's first goal was an own goal via Poliana from an Elise Kellond-Knight in the ninth minute. The second goal was again from a corner, this time from Emily van Egmond, but Tameka Butt managed to head the ball into goal, to give Australia a 2-0 lead heading into the break.
Brazil looked fast and skilled in the second half, but Australia is also impressive on the counter attack, with pace via Samantha Kerr and Hayley Raso, and supported by Kyah Simon and Chloe Logarzo.
While Marta was commanding in the midfield for Brazil, it was Samantha Kerr who managed to score for Australia with a well placed, powerful strike from a perfectly weighted through-ball from Butt.
Brazil’s goal came after Debinha got on the end of a Marta pass to make it 3-1 in the 79th minute.
In the other game, the number one ranked women’s team, the USA defeated Japan, 4-2 with a hat-trick to Alex Morgan.
It’s Morgan’s ninth goal in nine matches for the national team and maintains the USA’s unbeaten streak of 18 games – 16 of which have been won.
Australia meets the USA on Sunday in Connecticut, and then Japan in the final round in Chicago.
In the meantime, reports suggest that Australia will meet England in a friendly match in England in October.