It’s almost time for the Westfield Matildas. The FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019™ is almost with us, with just 11 days to go until the tournament kicks off at Parc des Princes in Paris.
The opening fixture will see hosts France take on Korea Republic at 9.00pm local time on 7 June (5.00am, 8 June, AEST), with the Westfield Matildas in action for the first time when they face Italy in Valenciennes on 9 June at 1.00pm local time (9.00pm AEST).
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Goals are a priceless commodity in football and every one scored by the Westfield Matildas was as important as the other on the road to France 2019.
In all, the Australian’s netted 11 goals to book their spot at this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup.
In the Asian Football Confederation, the AFC Women’s Asian Cup is where the nations must deliver to earn their spot to take on the world’s best.
At the 2018 Asian Cup, the Westfield Matildas went in to the tournament knowing a fifth-placed finish would be enough to get them a ticket to France.
In a tough group, Australia drew their opening match with Korea Republic, before swatting aside Vietnam 8-0, with Sam Kerr getting a double.
It meant a draw against Japan in the final group match would be enough to ensure the Westfield Matildas would qualify and they did just that, Kerr’s 86th-minute strike enough to earn a 1-1 result.
The Westfield Matildas scored two more goals in the penalty shootout win over Thailand in the Semi-Final to complete the 11 goals that got the side to France.
FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ – Group C – Australia Matches
Australia v Italy
Date: Sunday, 9 June 2019 (AEST)
Venue: Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes
Kick-off: 9.00pm AEST (1.00pm local time, same day)
Australia v Brazil
Date: Friday, 14 June 2019 (AEST)
Venue: Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier
Kick-off: 2.00am AEST (6.00pm local time, Thursday 13 June)
Jamaica v Australia
Date: Wednesday, 19 June 2019 (AEST)
Venue: Stade des Alpes, Grenoble
Kick-off: 5.00am AEST (9.00pm local time, Tuesday 18 June)
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