While the end result wasn’t the one the crowd was hoping for, there was plenty of action on the field to keep them entertained. Here’s a look at six standout performances from the Matildas friendly against Chile.
The Chilean captain was a commanding presence in goals, denying the Matildas time and time again. Her confidence and second perfect timing saw her get her hand to the ball at crucial times, often fully stretching to tip the ball over the bar and dealing well with corners and goal mouth scrambles.
When Chile had the ball in the Matildas' half it was usually at the feet of Aedo. She positioned herself well to provide a constant option for her teammates going forward and used her pace to chase down balls that seemed certain to go out. She was also quick to apply pressure to the Australian defence, restricting their time and space on the ball.
Saez was a rock for the Chilean defence, exuding confidence from her very first touch. Sitting deep, she provided a pass back option allowing her team to reset their attacking efforts. A crucial tackle on Tameka Butt in the first half stopped an almost certain goal, keeping the scores level and preventing the Matildas from building momentum for the second half.