The CommBank Matildas continue their Women's Olympic Football Tournament Paris 2024™ Asian Qualifiers Round 2 campaign when they take on the Philippines at Optus Stadium.
The game at Optus Stadium is set to see a 60,000 crowd pack out the stadium, with the game seeing the two winners on Matchday 1 facing off.
CommBank Matildas head coach Tony Gustavsson named his 22-player squad for the upcoming three Asian Qualifiers matches, with the squad featuring 21 members of the team that captured a nation and claimed fourth place at the global showpiece earlier this year.
The opening game saw a number of changes to the squad that faced off against Sweden in the bronze medal match at the FIFA Women's World Cup. Teagan Micah made her first appearance of 2023 after being sidelined for 8 months with a concussion. Meanwhile, Amy Sayer made her first start since 2018 in Australia's game against IR Iran.
Talking in the pre-match press conference, captain Sam Kerr noted that fans could expect some more changes to the side that played on Friday night in Perth.
“Last game a few girls got a chance to play and show what they can do. So, there’s lots of competition for spots and everyone’s really ready for tomorrow.”
Head coach Mark Torcaso led the Philippines to a 4-1 victory over Chinese Taipei in their opening game of qualification. Torcaso, who recently took over the role of head coach, will be familiar with his opposition, having coached in the A-League Women's for the last two seasons with Western United.
Sarina Bolden is expected to lead the line for the Philippines, with the striker finding the back of the net twice in her side's win over Chinese Taipei. Bolden, who played in the A-League Women's last season for Western Sydney Wanderers, has already etched her name into the history books this year after scoring the Philippines' first-ever goal at the FIFA Women's World Cup when she scored against New Zealand.
MATCH DAY 2
Philippines v Australia
Date: Sun, 29 October 2023
Kick-off: 3.10pm AWST
Broadcast: Channel 10 (WA, SA, NT, VIC, NSW, QLD, TAS & ACT), 10 Play and Paramount+
Venue: Optus Stadium, Perth|
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