Wow. Never have so many learned so much off so few and enjoyed it quite to that extent.
SO WHERE DOES KERR FIT IN?
We guess the next question, after such a dominant, fluid performance where every addition seemed to flow even more perfectly than the next, is how do you bring the world's greatest striker into this?
The 'problem' is that this Matildas squad sans-Kerr is actually a formidably well-balanced unit. Yes, Foord's a focal point of sorts, but she happily plays under the radar. Simon was happy to take on that main striker role, Hayley Raso was just as explosive on the breaks.
It helps the Matildas to have that natural democratisation of the forward third, where anyone is essentially as dangerous as the next. Bring Kerr, the captain, into that line and it unsettles that a little.
It's nitpicking sure, but we've seen it happen between Foord and Kerr in the past, where against a well-organised defensive opponent, too many cooks spoil the broth.
Tonight, the secret appeared to be allowing Kerr to take up as free a role as possible. Within two minutes before Kerr's goal, the striker had bombed down the right flank to send in a cross, then seemed to immediately appear open on the left.
As she and her forward teammates play with and against the world's best tactical set-ups in Europe, another level above Australia and the USA, we can begin to expect more from our Matildas.
We already have an impressively fluid attacking line, credit to the enormity of caps between them. Now, we should begin to witness that natural understanding mature into a wider range of systematic combinations.