Ante Milicic can take a lot of credit for the controlled manner in which the Matildas dispatched the Chileans, who admittedly are well outside the world's top 30. The scoreline reflected our attacking precision, but it didn't reflect our dominance.

La Roja barely got a shot on goal and Lydia Williams was spared the test we all know she needs if the rarely-playing shot-stopper is going to hold onto that coveted Matildas number one spot.

But Chile's impotence was largely stymied by a brilliant Matildas defensive effort. Jenna McCormick was a standout in the backline, her physicality and coolness on the ball (it may be her debut but she's played in front of 50,000 at Adelaide Oval) a much-needed influence on that backline.

The defensive fluidity worked its way through our midfield, allowing us to control the play with ease. We played out of the back with such aplomb - against a side that do have serious attacking quality - that we almost wondered whether we were watching the same team that seemed so shaky at times during the World Cup.

Ellie Carpenter and Steph Catley took it in turns, one half each, to really press forward and contribute offensively. It wasn't a sterling attacking display, but it didn't leave many holes either. Which is arguably more import.

Our ability to track back through Aivi Luik - who just drifts effortlessly around the pitch retaining momentum - and intercept any key forward runs before they built a head of steam was arguably the most impressive takeaway from this performance.

With Alanna Kennedy still to come back into this team, Milicic appears to be solving some of the problems that were presented to him so quickly before the World Cup. It's a promising sign for the future.

But it wasn't all positive...