Well, it’s been another uneventful 24 hours in Australian football, so thank goodness the Matildas are here to liven up what has otherwise been a pretty dull day.
Joking aside, Ange Postecoglou’s departure from the Socceroos coaching position could ultimately have a knock-on effect on the women’s team, with Alen Stajcic’s name already being mentioned alongside the more obvious candidates to succeed Postecoglou at the helm of the men’s team. Quelle horreur that would be for the Matildas, as Stajcic has taken a group of players – an admittedly hugely talented group – and turned them into world beaters.
What a year it has been for them, having won the Tournament of Nations in the States before backing it up with back-to-back wins over Brazil back on home soil. Tonight, and the second game in Geelong at the weekend, will serve as key preparations for the Asian Cup, against Asian opposition and in China, a decent side to boot.
Team news to follow, but for now, there’s just time to let you know to get in touch with any thoughts on the game, the Matildas or women’s football in general. It’s email@example.com or @mike_hytner on Twitter.