Argentina coach Carlos Borrello says it is just the beginning for his side.
The world no.36 ranked nation is yet to win a game or score a goal at the Cup of Nations, having suffered a 5-0 defeat on Thursday at Leichhardt Oval in the opening match before a tight affair between Argentina and New Zealand on Sunday eventually saw the Football Ferns take a 2-0 win.
"It was a very tight game, our first half was quite good but in the second half we have the two goals, one was our mistake but the other one was a good goal," Borrello told media post-match.
The Cup of Nations is a chance for the team in light blue and white, to face strong opposition ahead of the 2019 Women's World Cup in June. It will be just their third appearance at the event but have never gone past the group stages.
"Coming here is our preparation (for World Cup) and our players are trying to experience top-level matches playing against good teams," Borrello said.
"We have to look beyond the final result because we are trying to get experience for our players.
"We are far away from the best teams, we know that but it's a long way and we know that, it's just the beginning."
It was 18 months ago Borrello's side went on strike as they fought for equality in a nation that has football as it's major pastime. The side was paid just $140 Argentine Pesos (AUD $4.95) a day, had travel expenses paid late by the Asociación del Fútbol Argentino (AFA) and faced prejudice daily from fans who thought football was just a game for men.
However, this started to change when at the 2018 Copa América in Chile, when a team photo of the players holding their hands up to their ears spread around social media.
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Since then there has been a positive change in attitudes towards the team with the women able to train at the Ezeiza stadium, the same as the men's national team and they now earn 300 pesos a day.
However, there is still a long way to go before they earn equality.
Up next for Argentina in the Matildas at Melbourne's AAMI Park on Wednesday night. The two teams last met in a friendly nearly 24 years ago with Australia taking a 7-0 win.
"We know its a complicated team for us. They're one of the best teams in the world but again we have to not look at the results. We are going to prepare the best way we can," Borrello said.