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Matildas Bounce Back to give Germany a Fright

  • Matildas Bounce Back to give Germany a Fright

    Tabea Kemme (L) of Germany vies for the ball with Lisa de Vanna of Australia during their Rio 2016 Olympic Games First Round Group F women's football match at the Corinthians Arena, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on August 6, 2016. / AFP / Miguel SCHINCARIOL (Photo credit should read MIGUEL SCHINCARIOL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Matildas Bounce Back to give Germany a Fright

    SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 06: Samantha Kerr #15 of Australia celebrates scoring a goal during the first half against Germany in the Women's First Round Group F match at Arena Corinthians on August 6, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

  • Matildas Bounce Back to give Germany a Fright

    SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 06: Samantha Kerr #15 of Australia (not pictured) scores a goal during the first half against Almuth Schult #1 of Germany in the Women's First Round Group F match at Arena Corinthians on August 6, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

  • Matildas Bounce Back to give Germany a Fright

    SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 06: Alexandra Popp #9 of Germany and Laura Alleway #5 of Australia battle for position during the first half in the Women's First Round Group F match at Arena Corinthians on August 6, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

  • Matildas Bounce Back to give Germany a Fright

    TOPSHOT - Melanie Leupolz (R) of Germany, shows her dejection after Caitlin Foord of Australia scored against them during their Rio 2016 Olympic Games First Round Group F women's football match at the Corinthians Arena, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on August 6, 2016. / AFP / Miguel SCHINCARIOL (Photo credit should read MIGUEL SCHINCARIOL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Matildas Bounce Back to give Germany a Fright

    Leonie Maier (R) of Germany vies for the ball with Caitlin Foord of Australia during their Rio 2016 Olympic Games First Round Group F women's football match at the Corinthians Arena, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on August 6, 2016. / AFP / Miguel SCHINCARIOL (Photo credit should read MIGUEL SCHINCARIOL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Matildas Bounce Back to give Germany a Fright

    Saskia Bartusiak (R) of Germany vies for the ball with Kyah Simon of Australia during their Rio 2016 Olympic Games First Round Group F women's football match at the Corinthians Arena, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on August 6, 2016. / AFP / Miguel SCHINCARIOL (Photo credit should read MIGUEL SCHINCARIOL/AFP/Getty Images)

                                    

The Matildas have shown true form in their match against 2nd ranked Germany overnight after a disappointing loss to an under strength Canadian side.

Alen Stajcic made three changes to the Matildas starting line-up against Germany bringing on Lisa De Vanna, Steph Catley and Kyah Simon.

The Matildas were put under early pressure, but a goal against the run of play by Sam Kerr provided the Aussies with just the start they needed.

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Rattled, the Europeans pressed and dominated in shots, but a resilient Matildas managed another goal after some great work on the left from De Vanna to set up Caitlin Foord for the second of the match.

The deficit was reduced to one soon after, as Germany’s Sara Daebritz chipped Lydia Williams, but the Australians were still holding on and could have scored the clincher with 30 minutes to go.

Poor decision making by Foord who could have set up an unmarked Sam kerr, fell to a game saving Leonie Maier tackle denying the Australians.

With ten minutes to go De Vanna was replaced by Heyman who came close to reinstalling the 2 goal lead, but her volley was well stopped by the German goalkeeper Almuth Schult.

Just when you thought that the Australians might defy all the odds, the Europeans were afforded a late goal through Saskia Bartusiak after a good run to the far post off a free kick from the left flank.

The Matildas still have a chance of making it through the group stages depending on goal difference as the two best third ranked teams make it through, and with New Zealand on -1 with Australia to play a winless Zimbabwe there is still hope.

By Paul Brown

@Brown9Paul

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