The Matildas continue their undefeated streak, but narrowly miss out on the Final at the Algarve Cup.
So, what did we learn when the Matildas took on China PR?
1. A slow start
The Matildas came into their third group match knowing they needed to score four goals to make the Final, so it was surprising to see how much possession China PR had in the first half.
With a disallowed goal for Sam Kerr and two shots hitting the post, it is easy to say that it wasn’t going to be Australia’s day but in the opening 45 minutes China was more dominant of the teams, taking two shots at Australia’s net in the opening ten minutes.
2. It’s all about the comeback
Australia may not have scored the four goals they were hoping for but the second half was further evidence of why the Matildas have shot to number four in the world.
After a frustrating first half, Australia came back firing with an incredible goal from Chloe Logarzo, assisted by Alanna Kennedy, making it her second goal against China and at the tournament.
Seeking redemption for her initial disallowed goal, Kerr found the back of the net in stoppage time, ultimately bagging the win and a respectable three points.
By the end of the game, possession had evened out, with Australia taking the lead at 55 percent vs China at 45 percent.
3. Why goalkeepers win games
Yet again, fans were shown just how important a goalkeepers safe hands are with Mackenzie Arnold swatting away multiple goal attempts from China, keeping them in the chance for a medal.
Considering China PR had ten shots on goal, and Arnold put a stop to all, just goes to show how impressive she is under pressure and a true asset to her team.