The circumstances were less than ideal but the Matildas have made it to the final of the 2018 Asian Cup.
2. KENNEDY & ARNOLD
It has to be said that the only reason the Matildas were able to even get a shot at the final, was due to the equalising header from Kennedy.
Prior to this, Thailand were leading 2-1 and looked to have it in the bag.
Kennedy has been a cornerstone for the Matildas but especially throughout this Asian Cup.
Her ability to put that ball away under immense pressure is a credit to her versatility and true value to the team.
Mackenzie Arnold had a rough start, being caught off guard and conceding two goals.
However, she was calm and composed throughout the penalty shootout, you could see in her body language and facial expression she knew she “had this.”
Three saves later and the Matildas had locked in their place at the final, thanks to the safe hands of a goalkeeper who is definitely underrated when under pressure.
3. CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE
Although not the best performance for the Matildas, Thailand’s form was probably the best we’ve seen.
Thailand was essentially beating the Matildas at their own game, pressing high and showcasing some tight defending.
You can’t deny the solid ability of their goalkeeper Waraporn and the danger of goal scorers Kanjana and Rattikan which almost knocked Australia out of the Asian Cup.
Giving the Matildas and their fans a decent scare, the Australian team now have time to review, recalibrate and enter the final wiser and ready to bring home the trophy.