Australian football fans it’s time to get excited. The Westfield Matildas will play two matches on home soil in November.
In their first fixtures since this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup, Ante Milicic’s side will host South American outfit Chile in clashes in Sydney and Adelaide.
The first match will be played at Parramatta’s Bankwest Stadium on Saturday, November 9, followed by a second clash in Adelaide at Coopers Stadium on Tuesday, November 12.
It comes almost a year to the day since the two nation’s last squared-off in a two-game friendly series Down Under.
It was the visitors who will remember fondly the first of those clashes as La Roja Femenina came from behind to register a 3-2 win at Panthers Stadium in Penrith.
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Australia made the ideal start as Emily van Egmond converted a ninth-minute penalty before Chile hit-back with goals from Francisca Lara and Carla Guerrero.
Despite a stack of pressure from the home side, Yessenia Huenteo scored late to make it 3-1 as another van Egmond penalty in stoppage-time came too late to prevent the Westfield Matildas' first loss in Australia since 2014.
The Westfield Matildas got the chance for redemption just three days later – and didn’t they make the most of it.
A big crowd in Newcastle turned up expecting a response from the green and gold and that’s what they delivered in a second-half masterclass.
All five goals in the 5-0 drubbing came in a 36-minute period after the break, with Caitlin Foord the chief destroyer.
Foord scored a sensational a hat-trick and also set up the opener for Sam Kerr, with Emily Gielnik also coming off the bench to get on the scoresheet.
Westfield Matildas v Chile – match details
- Game 1
WHEN: Saturday, 9 November
WHERE: Bankwest Stadium, Parramatta, NSW
TIME: Kick-off: 3pm (AEDT)
- Game 2
WHEN: Tuesday, 12 November
WHERE: Coopers Stadium, Hindmarsh, SA
TIME: Kick-off: 7pm (AEDT)