Ultimate Guide: CommBank Matildas v Portugal


Commonwealth Bank Matildas continue their preparations for next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup, playing Portugal for the fourth time.

After suffering a 7-0 loss to Spain at the weekend, Australia are looking to regroup and refocus for their second friendly in the June international window.

Playing Portugal at Estádio António Coimbra da Mota, Estoril on Tuesday, June 28 (local) / Wednesday, June 29 (AUS) at 9:00 p.m. (local) / 6:00 a.m. (AEST), here’s everything you need to know:

Background

Australia and Portugal will meet for the fourth time, their last encounter coming at the 2018 Algarve Cup, where the hosts won the match for third place 2-1.

Portugal are set to make their second appearance at Women’s EURO 2022, replacing Russia in Group C following their suspension by UEFA. Portugal have a tough group at the Euros, taking on defending champions Netherlands in the group stage as well as Olympic silver medalists Sweden.

Australia continue to challenge against world-class nations ahead of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023™ just 13 months away.

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Crew

Commonwealth Bank Matildas head coach Tony Gustavsson has brought in new faces to the 24-man squad to face Spain and Portugal in the June FIFA international window.

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Australia posing for a team photo ahead of their first-ever game against Spain. (Photo: Ann Odong/Soccer Australia)

The list includes 14 members of the squad that beat New Zealand in the April series with several players in fine form. Midfielder Clare Wheeler was recently named Fortuna Hjørring Player of the Year in a season the Danish club won the Cup title and finished second in the league.

San Diego Wave’s Emily van Egmond was instrumental in their inaugural NWSL start to the season and Sweden-based duo Teagan Micah and Charli Grant helped league-leading FC Rosengard win the Swedish Cup title last month.

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Meanwhile, the FIFA window will see goalkeeper Lydia Williams in line to become the first Australian goalkeeper to reach 100 appearances for Australia.

Opponent

Currently ranked 30th in the world, Portugal will be looking to build on their last two wins against Greece ahead of next month’s EURO Women.

Portugal continue their qualification for next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in September, currently sit third in their group and still have a chance to qualify for their first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Head coach Francisco Neto brought in a very experienced squad, with five players having represented Portugal more than 100 times, led by captain Cláudia Neto.

Match Details

Portugal v Australia
Date: Tuesday, June 28 (local) / Wednesday, June 29 (AUS)
Time: 9:00 p.m. (local time) / 6:00 a.m. (AEST)
Venue: Estadio António Coimbra da Mota, Estoril
Broadcast: Network 10, 10 Play and Paramount+

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