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Australia are set to face Brazil for the fourth consecutive time on the Girls’s World Cup after Saturday night time’s attract Paris positioned the Matildas in Group C, together with Italy and Jamaica.

Of their three opponents, Brazil poses the hardest, but most familiar, problem for Australia within the group stage. With 18 earlier conferences in opposition to As Canarinhas, the honours are pretty even with the Matildas successful 9, shedding eight, with one match ending in a draw.

Talking completely to ESPN after the draw, Australia’s head coach Alen Stajcic says the truth that the 2 nations have been as soon as extra pitted in opposition to one another was simply destiny.

“I sat subsequent to the Brazilian coach in the course of the draw and we knew it was a fait accompli that we might find yourself in the identical group,” Stajcic stated.

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“It is developed into such a improbable rivalry, we have performed in opposition to one another so typically and have a historical past of nice matches, so in addition to the rivalry there’s a wholesome respect between our sides.”

Whereas Australia defeated Brazil in Canada in 2015 to notch up their first win within the knockout stage of a World Cup, and then extra just lately in two pleasant matches on residence soil in September 2017, plus consecutive victories within the Match of Nations during the last two years, the Matildas won’t have forgotten the ache of their final defeat by the hands of the world No. 10 facet.

On the 2016 Olympics, a penalty shootout in Belo Horizonte noticed the Matildas heartbreakingly dumped out within the quarterfinals by the hosts after the match ended scoreless in regulation time.

Earlier than dealing with Brazil in Montpellier on June 13, the Matildas will open their marketing campaign in opposition to Italy, whose ladies have certified for their first World Cup in 20 years.

The trajectory of the progress of La Squadra Azzurra, who certified with a match to spare, is just not misplaced on the Matildas boss.

“If you happen to have a look at the skilled groups which have advanced in Italy — Juventus being probably the most notable — you possibly can see the extent of effort they’ve put into ladies’s soccer and their nationwide staff displays that,” Stajcic stated.

“Italy certified in a extremely troublesome group and did it fairly simply which shows how far they’ve come. I assumed they have been the very best in Pot three in order that will likely be a tricky project for a gap match which is so necessary.”

Australia will spherical out their group stage in opposition to the bottom ranked facet within the event, Jamaica, who’re set to make their World Cup debut in France. However regardless of their lowly rating — 53 on the earth — Stajcic was sometimes circumspect.

“We do not have a look at rankings as it is not an correct indicator of their degree,” he stated.

“They’ve a lot of high quality gamers who’ve come by means of the American faculty system and it is going to be an attention-grabbing problem however we now have the benefit of enjoying them in our third match so we’ll have the chance to get a extremely good scouting report on them and have a greater concept of what to anticipate.”

France legend Didier Deschamps attracts Australia in Group C alongside Brazil, Italy and Jamaica.

If Australia can end atop Group C, the trail by means of the playoffs would seem to favour their probabilities of development within the event with the spherical of 16 opponent — the very best of the third place finishers from Teams A, B and F.

A second place end nevertheless, would arrange a trickier prospect within the runner-up of group A, which accommodates France, South Korea, Norway and Nigeria.

For now although, Stajcic is targeted on locking down logistics for the event in June subsequent yr and will then flip his sights to making ready the Matildas for their opening conflict on June 9 on the Stade Du Hainaut in Valenciennes.

“Our purpose is clearly to prime the group, that goes with out saying, however we won’t deal with the potential crossovers,” he stated. “Italy is a crucial match and from reminiscence we’ve not won our first match in a serious event for a very long time.

“There will likely be no straightforward video games for anybody, the extent of all the perimeters is now so shut. Jamaica, Argentina and Chile in all probability have probably the most to enhance however that is the World Cup and something can occur.”

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