Ahead of the Matildas game against Zimbabwe, Caitlin Foord believes the Aussies can secure a quarter final place with a big win in their final Rio 2016 Olympic group game.
Caitlin Foord, the star in the Matildas heartbreaking 2-2 draw against Germany in their Rio Olympic group game, believes Australian can progress to the quarter finals with a big win over Zimbabwe.
The Aussies bounced back from their 2-0 opening group game loss against Canada after taking a 2-0 lead in their next match against Germany. However, the world’s number two ranked women’s football team and one of the favourites for the gold medal showed their class by scoring right before the first and second half to deny the Australians an important win.
The disappointing draw means the Matildas will struggle to finish in the top two of their group. Instead the Aussies will have to rely on being one of the two highest-ranked third-placed sides if they are to progress to the quarter-finals.
Looking ahead to their final group game against Zimbabwe, Foord is confident the Matildas can get make the last eight.
“We just need a win and we advance through to the next stage,” she said. “Obviously the more goals the better. I think a win would just do it for us, we are definitely going to go out there leave nothing left in the tank and try and get the win and move into the next round.”
In the 2-2 draw against Germany, Foord produced one of the best performances in an Australian shirt on the world stage. A typical barnstorming run down the middle of the field set up Sam Kerr for the Matilda’s first goal, then the 22-year-old got on the end of some sublime lead up play by co-captain Lisa De Vanna to score the second.
However, the Australian midfielder says conceeding the late goal soured her feelings about her own individual performance.
“Yeah it’s a bit of mixed emotions,” she said. “Obviously the way we played we definitely could’ve won the match. We had lots of chances myself included that we just didn’t put away at a critical time and they got a lucky goal in the end to even it up. But we were just happy to get something out of the game and keep us still in it.
“I was happy with my performance but as I said there was a few chances and a few opportunities I had to score some more goals. If I was able to finish those opportunities I would’ve been super happy with my game so there are a still a few things I feel I could’ve done better.”
Meanwhile Foord’s and the team focus is getting a win in their final group game on Wednesday morning Australian time (5am AEST).
“Going into the Zimbabwe game we need to get a win,” she said. “It’s going to be like that for the rest of the tournament, every game is do or die so we’ve just got to go out there and give it everything. In the Canada game we obviously didn’t play to our standard, that was reflected in the score line so we are definitely taking some confidence out of the Germany game.
“What we showed in the Germany game is what our potential is and we need to keep up that standard.”