2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup Preview - Philippines v Australia

There's little time to rest with the second game of the Commonwealth Bank Matildas AFC Women's Asian Cup campaign just around the corner. 

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Australia got off to a dream start at the tournament, defeating Indonesia 18-0. The history books got a bit of a workout with Sam Kerr becoming Australia's all-time leading goal scorer with her five-goal haul. 

She now sits four above Tim Cahill who held the record with 50 goals from 2017 onwards. 

It was also the Commonwealth Bank Matildas biggest ever win over an AFC opponent and their third-biggest win of all time. 

Aivi Luik, fresh off her return from retirement, scored a spectacular debut goal while Holly McNamara became Commonwealth Bank Matilda number 219. 

It was a comprehensive performance from Tony Gustavsson's charges with nine different goal scorers on the sheet. It was a statement of intent and proof of how the Australian team wants to play throughout the whole tournament. 

Next up is the Philippines coached by former Commonwealth Bank Matildas boss Alen Stajcic. The Malditas also won in their opening group game, defeating Thailand 1-0. 

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Both sides will look for a second win to all but confirm their progression to the next stage of the AFC Women's Asian Cup. 

Squad news 

The Commonwealth Bank Matildas squad was full of strikers and in the game against Indonesia many of them ended up on the scoresheet. 

In addition to Kerr's five, Emily van Egmond, Kyah Simon, and Hayley Raso all scored multiples. There was one other player who found the back of the net more than once: right back Ellie Carpenter. 

Known for her runs forward, this time Carpenter was able to produce the finishes as well, bringing her total career goals to three. 

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The Philippines created plenty of chances against Thailand with Chandler McDaniel ultimately scoring the lone goal. It was an important win for the side ranked 64th in the world. 

The Philippines qualified for the tournament with wins over Hong Kong and Nepal. The team will be hoping to replicate or better its sixth-placed finish at the 2018 edition of the AFC Women's Asian Cup; it would give them a great chance of qualifying for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup. 

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Philippines v Commonwealth Bank Matildas
Date: Monday, 24 January 2022
Venue: Mumbai Football Arena, Mumbai
Kick-off:  3.30pm (local), 9pm (AEDT)
Broadcast: Live and Exclusive on Network 10 and 10 Play

Commonwealth Bank Matildas v Thailand
Date: Thursday, 27 January 2022 / Friday, 28 January 2022
Venue: Mumbai Football Arena, Mumbai
Kick-off: 7.30pm (local), 01:00am (AEDT)
Broadcast: Live and Exclusive on Network 10 and 10 Play

For more information on the AFC Women’s Asian Cup, please visit here.