The Matildas have gotten their Tokyo Olympics marketing campaign off to a near-perfect begin, holding off a fast-finishing New Zealand to kick-off the event with a 2-1 win.
Sam Kerr supplied the help for Tameka Yallop’s opener and scored in a superb captain’s efficiency at Tokyo Stadium to safe Australia’s first win underneath Tony Gustavsson.
The Matildas had entered their Olympics opener winless in 5 video games and after a scratchy begin, burst to life and dominated the conflict.
New Zealand goalkeeper Erin Nayler made a quick-reaction save to cease defender Abby Erceg placing Ellie Carpenter’s cross into her personal web within the seventeenth minute.
Three minutes later, the Matildas capitalised on their dominance and snatched the lead by means of some pleasant one-touch soccer.
Yallop pounced on a turnover, labored the ball to Kyah Simon and burst ahead.
Simon cleverly headed the ball on to Kerr who flicked it to Yallop, with the midfielder taking a contact then smashing the ball into the roof of the online.
Then, within the thirty third minute, Steph Catley whipped a robust nook into the close to put up the place Kerr smacked a thumping header residence off the crossbar for a commanding 2-0 lead, ending her five-game scoring drought.
Simon spurned a golden alternative so as to add a 3rd when she hit an opportunity straight at Nayler within the forty seventh minute and Kerr put a backheel simply extensive three minutes later.
It proved to be the story of the second half because the Matildas had loads of probabilities however have been unable to increase their lead, largely as a consequence of Nayler making a number of sharp saves and a drop off in depth.
Thrilling youngsters Mary Fowler and Kyra Cooney-Cross made their Olympics debuts within the seventy fifth minute however neither have been capable of finding a aim.
Within the first minute of harm time, the Soccer Ferns snatched a comfort aim on the counter.
Ria Percival headed a cross again throughout aim for substitute Gabi Rennie, who nodded the ball residence simply two minutes into her worldwide debut, forcing the Matildas to scramble to lock up all three factors.
The Matildas subsequent face Sweden on Saturday, who’re coming off a scintillating 3-0 win over the USA.