They’ve met three times in the history of the tournament and, as the pre-match press conferences revealed, this rivalry is on both teams minds.

“I think we’re pretty even on knocking each other out of big games and getting one up on the other," Matildas vice-captain Steph Catley told media.

"They did win the last one in terms of a major tournament so it would be very nice to get this one up on them again.”

The major tournament that Catley was referring to was the 2016 Olympics when the Matildas were left heartbroken after losing to the Brazilians on penalties.

However, Brazil have had their share of heartbreak at the hands of the Matildas with the Australian’s having won their past four encounters including knocking them out of the 2015 World Cup.

Brazilian goalkeeper Barbara revealed that these losses have been a focus for her team as they have look to fix their mistakes in order to make sure they aren't repeated tomorrow.

Their coach, Vadao, acknowledged that it will be a completely different game compared to their opener against Jamaica.

“Australia come and press a lot more so we need more alternatives. . . it will be a lot more difficult to keep the ball rolling,” he said.

The Brazilians will be focusing on tightening up their defence and limiting the number of balls that Barbara will need to intercept in the box.

The Australian focus will be on containing the attacking threats of Cristiane and possibly Marta if she plays, with Catley acknowledging there is no room for defensive lapses.  

“I’ve played against Marta a lot and played with her so I suppose I know how she plays a little better than I know Cristiane, I’ve also played against her a few times," she said.

"Both individually are full of flair and skill and can really turn it on at any point, so just being switched on at all times during the entire game, the 90 minutes, and lots of communication throughout the entire field and especially along the back line.”

An added element to the rivalry is the reaction of the Matildas to their opening loss to Italy with Catley revealing that it has resulted in an increased intensity in camp.

“I think there’s a feeling you get when you lose a game like that and if anything it just fires you up more, it really lights something inside the team to kind of make sure that doesn’t happen again," she said.

"It’s not something you want but I think the reaction from it can be very strong and within our group, it’s definitely a vibe that we’ll have a strong reaction against Brazil.”