The Matildas 2-0 win against China PR was not enough to secure a place in the Final of the Algarve Cup 2018.
The Matildas continued their undefeated streak, finishing at the top of Group A with two stunning goals from Chloe Logarzo and Sam Kerr.
Despite the Matildas failing to score the four goals needed to qualify for the Algarve Cup Final, they progress to the bronze medal match against host nation Portugal.
For their final group match and needing to score goals, coach Alen Stajcic brought Sam Kerr and Lisa De Vanna back to the starting line-up while Laura Alleway returned to the defensive line with Mackenzie Arnold in goal.
The Matildas appeared to return to form in the opening minutes of the game with their familiar high press in attack and strong defensive line, with Elise Kellond-Knight allowing the ball to transition smoothly between defense and midfield.
Kerr and De Vanna once again showed why they are a striking duo to be feared as they worked together along the sideline.
A signature early long-range shot from Katrina Gorry also seemed a sign of things to come but an inability to capitalise on chances in the final third led to a goalless first half.
Gorry early long shot ✔️ #AUSvCHN— Anna Harrington 🏳️🌈 (@AnnaHarrington) March 5, 2018
China appeared significantly stronger in attack since their meeting with the Matildas in November.
Extended time with their Icelandic head coach, Siggi Eyjolfsson has sharpened China’s game.
Wang Shuan showed how dangerous she is on the left wing, making several bursting runs in the first half.
Her chances in the final ten minutes of the first half highlighted the depth of the Matildas goalkeepers, with Mackenzie Arnold making crucial saves to keep the score level at halftime.