She’s the most experienced player in the Westfield Matildas squad but Lisa De Vanna admitted she was overcome with emotion prior to Australia’s friendly clash with Brazil on Saturday.
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The Matildas put in an impressive performance to defeat a physical Brazil outfit 2-1 in front of a packed house at Pepper Stadium.
EMOTIONAL DAY FOR DE VANNA
De Vanna – Australia’s all-time leading goal-scorer – said post-match that she hadn't experienced such an occasion in her football career.
“I’ve been in the team for 15 years and I’ve never played at a stadium where I’ve had 20,000 people screaming for the Matildas,” De Vanna told Fox Sports.
“It’s very emotional. Especially when the national anthem was playing, I was trying to hold back tears. I couldn’t even sing it. It’s a great day.”
BRAZIL WIN NOT A ONE-OFF
De Vanna scored a stunning long-range strike to fire the Matildas ahead just prior to the break before Sam Kerr netted with 20 minutes remaining as Australia held on for a deserved victory.
The Matildas have now beaten Brazil twice in succession, with Alen Stajcic’s side thumping the Samba Stars 6-1 in the USA last month.
“It’s fantastic. To get the result today, we’ve proved to ourselves that the game against Brazil in the US wasn’t just a one-off,” De Vanna said.
“It’s just a dream come true to see so many people come out and support us. To get the result just tops it off.”
KERR EYEING MORE GOALS
World Player of the Year nominee Sam Kerr wasn’t quite at her scintillating best but still managed to score a beautifully taken header to all but secure the win for the Matildas.
The Perth Glory attacker was quick to downplay her efforts but admitted she is aiming to become more prolific for the national team.
“It was just nice to help the team out. Like you said, Lisa’s goal was great. It doesn’t matter who scores in our team. We’re just fighting as a team and hoping to get that win like we did today,” Kerr said.
“I think I’ve said a few times that I haven’t scored as many as I would have liked for the Matildas so hopefully the goals can keep coming.”