Matildas Abroad: Title challenges and relegation battles

The penultimate round of the FA WSL gets underway this weekend.

The Westfield Matildas have plenty to play for at both ends of the table, as well as across the continent. Here's a look at the Aussies in action abroad. 

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Arsenal beat West Ham 2-0 with four Westfield Matildas taking to the park. Mackenzie Arnold returned to the starting line up with Emily van Egmond ahead of her for the Hammers. Lydia Williams and Caitlin Foord took to the pitch for Arsenal, Steph Catley was an unused sub.

Foord tested Arnold on multiple occasions forcing her Australian team mate into plenty of saves but it was Vivianne Miedema who opened the scoring with a stunning strike. Kim Little doubled the advantage from an acute angle to give the Gunners all three points.

In the upcoming fixtures, West Ham head to Aston Villa in another relegation battle while Arsenal travel to Merseyside to face Hayley Raso’s Everton.

Ella Mastrantonio’s Bristol will host Manchester United as they continue their push to avoid relegation. Alanna Kennedy and Tottenham will have to wait until mid-next week to take on Sam Kerr and Chelsea following their UEFA Women’s Champions League semi final.


It’s an Aussie derby in Damallsvenskan with Dylan Holmes and BK Häcken coming up against Emily Gilenik and Clare Polkinghorne’s Vittsjö. BK Häcken will look to add to their unbeaten start to the season while Vittsjö are looking to bounce back from defeat last week.

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Amy Harrison and Kyah Simon’s PSV continue their quest for the championship, taking on FC Twente. The team will look to build on their first round win over Ajax.

Rest of the World

Aivi Luik’s Sevilla take on second-placed Levante in Spain. Over in Italy, Napoli and Alex Huynh face San Marino. Ellie Carpenter’s Lyon host Le Havre in a catch up fixture.

Chloe Logarzo made another cameo off the bench as Kansas City fell to Houston Dash 3-1. The team Challenge Cup finishes next week with a clash against OL Reign Tuesday morning (Australian time).