The Matildas have endured a second dispiriting setback to their Olympics preparations within the house of 4 days, struggling a humbling 5-0 defeat to World Cup finalists, the Netherlands, in Nijmegen.
Simply as of their 5-2 defeat by Olympic champions Germany on Saturday, Tony Gustavsson’s Australian nationwide workforce have been once more acquainted with the huge gulf at school that separates them from the world’s greatest in Tuesday’s hopelessly one-sided affair.
Helped by the Matildas’ sloppiness in possession and their very own incisive attacking instincts, the Dutch, the world’s No.4 aspect, ran away with objectives from Jill Roord, Lieke Martens, Jackie Groenen, Lineth Beerensteyn and Danielle van de Donk.
It was one other sobering event for Australia, who have been three down inside half an hour, as their famous person captain Sam Kerr obtained just one sniff on purpose all match, slicing a shot large within the 81st minute.
The sideshow private billing of Chelsea’s Kerr versus Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema as a battle between the world’s prime two ladies strikers was additionally fairly one-sided because the Dutchwoman, even and not using a purpose, proved instrumental in a lot of the Oranje’s greatest work.
The five-goal margin was Australia’s greatest defeat since they misplaced 5-0 to China 13 years in the past and so they have not conceded 5 or extra in consecutive video games in 26 years.
One other robust day behind closed doorways on the NEC Stadium started with the Matildas, who made 4 modifications from their beginning lineup in opposition to the Germans, launching their very own downfall as teen Mary Fowler gifted the ball away within the fifth minute.
Passing straight to Martens exterior her personal field, the Dutch arrange Miedema to shoot on purpose and, although her effort was saved, the famous person striker nipped in to arrange Roord to faucet house.
The Matildas have been carrying black armbands in reminiscence of goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold’s grandmother, who died not too long ago.
On what will need to have been an emotional day for the West Ham keeper, she made a foul mistake, letting Martens’ left-foot shot from 20 metres after a fast break slip beneath her within the twentieth minute.
A high-press from the Dutch noticed them rob a ponderous Australia rearguard, resulting in Miedema organising Groenen for a easy third with the sport successfully over after simply 27 minutes.
The Matildas did seem like getting some kind of foothold within the sport after the break however have been reduce aside by a stunning Dutch break within the 67th minute, former world participant of the yr Martens delivering a terrific crossfield ball that Beerensteyn lobbed expertly over Arnold.
Dylan Holmes got here on for her Matildas debut however, whereas for the massive half performing properly, additionally marked the event by giving the ball away within the penalty space to van de Donk who sealed the rout with 20 minutes left.