Two late goals put some respectability on the scoreboard, but the Matildas were humbled overnight by world No.2 Germany.
The Germans were four goals up through 65 minutes, before Emily Gielnik scored two goals in the last 10 minutes in-between the home side’s fifth to lose 5-2.
It was the Matildas’ first international since the COVID pandemic started more than a year ago and capped a miserable first outing for new coach Tony Gustavsson.
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Football: The Matildas have suffered a horrendous defeat to Germany in their return to international football….
Football: The Matildas have suffered a horrendous defeat to Germany in their return to international football.
Without two of their star defenders, having not played in more than a year and coming together for the first time less than a week ago the Matildas also faced an uphill battle. But all week Gustavsson had spoken of a no-excuses culture.
They must pick themselves up quickly though, with the Matildas to face world No.4 Netherlands on Wednesday (AEST).
Germany celebrates after netting their fourth goal during the International Friendly against Australia at BRITA-Arena on April 10, 2021 in Wiesbaden, Germany. Photo: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Australia never really got going and as Germany fired shot after shot at goal, the visitors struggled to get any momentum and fluency to their play.
A mistake from midfielder Aivi Luik allowed Sjoeke Nusken to run onto the ball and she fired with authority to find the bottom right corner to give the home side an 11th minute opener.
Some fine glovework from Lydia Williams kept Australia in the match in the first half, but even she couldn’t do anything to stop what was coming.
Three quick goals after the break from Kathrin Hendrich, Jule Brand and Laura Freigang was reward for their dominance, but in truth they could have doubled that lead had they been clinical in front of goal.
Tony Gustavsson first match in charge of Australia got off to a poor start in Wiesbaden, Germany. Photo: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Brand banged home Germany’s third by sliding one past the outstretched hands of Williams, before the 18-year-old selflessly passed to allow Freigang a simple finish.
Gielnik finished emphatically in the 82nd minute to get Australia on the board, but her goal was rubbed out spectacularly by Linda Dallmann who scored from a wonder strike in the first minute of injury time.
Gielnik headed home to grab a late brace to take some momentum into their crucial second international next week.
Emily Gielnik scored two late goals for Australia. Photo: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Originally published asMatildas’ miserable starts under new coach
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