Westfield Matildas to meet Japan in 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup final

The Westfield Matildas will face Japan in the final of the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup on Saturday (AEST).

After squeaking through to the final 3-1 on penalties, following their 2-2 draw with Thailand, Australia watched on as Japan eased past China 3-1 in the second semi-final with Kumi Yokoyama netting a double.

Japan led 1-0 at half-time courtesy of a goal from Bayern Munich striker Mana Iwabuchi, before Yokoyama made the game safe after the break.

China scored a late consolation through Ying Li.


The Westfield Matildas drew 1-1 with Japan in their group stage encounter just last weekend.

It will be a repeat of the 2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup final, where Japan prevailed 1-0.

But the Westfield Matildas have enjoyed the better of the recent clashes, unbeaten in the last three match-ups with two wins and one draw.

The final is on Saturday morning at 3am [AEST].