Australia Women
Korea Republic Women
Asian Cup (Women) R1
King Abdullah II Stadium, Amman

Westfield Matildas held by resolute Korea Republic in AFC Women's Asian Cup opener

The Westfield Matildas have commenced their 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup campaign with a frustrating 0-0 draw against a stout Korea Republic on Sunday morning (AEST).

Australia did all of the attacking from start to finish at King Abdullah II Stadium in Amman but were unable to break down a deep and compact defence.

Kyah Simon stabbed a late chance over the crossbar as the tournament favourites were forced to settle for a stalemate.

The one-sided nature of the contest did ease the return of Hayley Raso and Steph Catley, who both recovered from injury to join Clare Polkinghorne and Elise Kellond-Knight in a reconfigured back four that was rarely tested.

Alen Stajcic's side now turn their attention to gaining maximum points on Wednesday morning (AEST) against a Vietnam side that was beaten 4-0 by Japan in Group B's other game.

Jang Sel-gi and Lisa De Vanna
Lisa De Vanna battles with Jang Sel-gi.


  • CHANCE: The ball breaks at close range for Sam Kerr, but her finish is deflected wide by scrambling defenders.
  • SHOT: Kerr tries her luck with a first-time effort that's comfortably held by Yoon Young-guel.
  • SHOT: Tameka Butt skies a loose ball over the bar from the edge of the area.
  • HALF-TIME: The two sides enter the break deadlocked despite Australia managing seven shots to Korea Republic's zero.
  • SHOT: Butt thumps a half-volley toward goal that crashes into a defender.
  • CHANCE: Lisa De Vanna's athletic bicylce kick drops agonisingly out of Chloe Logarzo's reach at the back post.
  • CHANCE: Simon, on in place of De Vanna, can't generate enough power to loop a header over goalkeeper Yoon.
  • CHANCE: Catley pulls the ball back to a good area, but Simon side-foots over the bar with the final and best opportunity of the game.

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