The Matildas have taken a 4-1 win over the Korea Republic in front a 10,520 strong Brisbane crowd on Sunday.
Hayley Raso and Tameka Butt left the Korea Republic in their path as they went steaming towards the goal with the later of the two having her shot palmed into the path of De Vanna.
Australia strikes again! This time through @lisadevanna11 #AUSvKOR #CupOfNations #GoMatildas 💚💛 pic.twitter.com/75bRRPXgRf— Liana Buratti (@lianaburatti) March 3, 2019
Australia continued to place pressure upon the world no.14's and once again, it was the quick counter-attack which proved to be the Korea Republic's undoing.
Jang Sel-gi backpass to a flat-footed Jeong Yeonga saw Kerr pounce on the opportunity and she made no mistake in extending the lead for her team.
Captain @samkerr1 bangs in another for good measure! 🚀🇦🇺 3-1 at half time #AUSvKOR #CupOfNations #GoMatildas pic.twitter.com/lXvJo0rDYB— Liana Buratti (@lianaburatti) March 3, 2019
Despite being behind, there wasn't a change in urgency for Korea Republic when they came out for the second half.
They were calm and composed both off and on the ball, however, the slick passing seen throughout the first half (except for one moment) was lacking. Not that this changed much since the Matildas had similar issues but it did mean Korea had trouble making a counter-attack.
While the half drew on, neither side made any clear cut chances and life seemed to be draining away but after 10 substitutions (five from each side), Melbourne Victory forward Emily Gielnik entered the game and had an immediate impact.
It was a world-class strike and only a replay will do it justice.
Emily Gielnik with a STUNNER to wrap up a massive 4-1 win!— Westfield Matildas (@TheMatildas) March 3, 2019
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🎥: @FoxFootball #GoMatildas #AUSvKOR #CupOfNations pic.twitter.com/VxlYhsMxoB
The goal seemed to spur the Korea Republic back to life but it was far too late for a comeback. However, the Matildas defence did have trouble handling this late resurgence and it is an area that needs to be focused on ahead of the World Cup.
In the earlier game, New Zealand found a 2-0 win over Argentina. The four teams now head to AAMI Park in Melbourne on Wednesday for the final round of matches with the Matildas facing Argentina and Korea Republic taking on New Zealand.