Matildas confident ahead of Brazil clash

After their excellent displays in the group stage against some big nations, the Westfield Matildas say they are more than ready for the challenge of Brazil in the knockout round of 16.

The Matildas have spent their first full day in Moncton, recovering from the last group match against Sweden and acclimatizing to the new time zone.

Alen Stajcic’s side faces another huge challenge against a Brazil side which won all three of their group games, are yet to concede a goal and also have star player Marta in strong form.

Midfielder Tameka Butt says the team is ready for the challenge of Marta and Co in Monday morning’s (AEST) round of 16 clash after a win against Nigeria, a loss to USA and a draw with the Swedes. 

“It’s going to be a tough match but we’ve already made it out of the group of death supposedly," she told reporters. 

“To win the World Cup you have to play the best teams in the world and Brazil’s one of them.

“We’re looking forward to doing a job. We’ve played them before and know their strengths and weaknesses.”

Matildas striker Michelle Heyman admits most of the squad are still a little tired from the trip but is confident they will be in top-shape for the battle with the South American heavyweights.

“Marta is definitely a big player and someone we have to watch out for,” Heyman said.

“But the way we structure and our game plan, if we stick to how we play football I think we’ll be alright.

“We’re always the underdog, I think that’s an Aussie thing,” Heyman said.

“It’s just the way we are. It’s our culture and we enjoy it and take it on.

“I think it’s going to work in our favour.”