Match preview: Norway v Matildas

Australia face Norway on Sunday morning (AEST) in a blockbuster Round of 16 fixture at the FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019™.

The Matildas booked their place in the do-or-die clash with a 4-1 win over Jamaica on Wednesday morning (AEST), with Sam Kerr hitting four goals to give Ante Milicic’s side a runners-up finish in Group C.

It means Australia have qualified for the knockout phase for the fourth consecutive World Cup tournament.

But they’ll have to lift again against World No.12-ranked Norway, who boast tremendous pedigree on the world stage.

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The Scandinavian nation won the competition in 1995 and have reached the semi-final stage four times in their history.

Martin Sjogren’s side progressed to the knockout stage by finishing runners-up to tournament hosts France in Group A.

Norway opened their account with a 3-0 win over Nigeria, before going down 2-1 to France in their second fixture.

And in their third match against Korea Republic, Gresshoppene edged Korea Republic 2-1 to secure six points and a second-place finish in their group.

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What they said

Matildas head coach Ante Milicic

“Norway is a proud European country with a lot of history [in the sport]. It’s going to be a very difficult game,” he said.

Matildas forward Hayley Raso

“We’ve played Norway a couple of times before – they’re strong, they’re fit. As always, we’ll stick to our game plan and I think we’re really just excited to be through to the next round.”

Milicic
'It’s going to be a very difficult game', says Matildas boss Ante Milicic

Form

Australia’s last five matches: WWLLL

Norway’s last five matches: WLWWL

World rankings

Matildas: 6

Norway: 12

How to watch

Tune in to SBS to cheer on the Matildas on free-to-air TV, with kick-off at 5am AEST on Sunday morning, June 23.

You can also watch on Optus Sport, with the broadcaster showing all 52 games of the tournament live.

You can follow all the build-up and live updates at Matildas.com.au, or on the Matildas’ Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages.

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World Cup France 2019™ – Round of 16 - Next Australia match

Norway v Australia
Date: Sunday, 23 June 2019 (AEST)
Venue: Stade de Nice, Nice
Kick-off: 5.00am AEST (9.00pm local time, Saturday 22 June)

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