Australia have stunned the Asian Champions, and World Cup runners up, Japan, avenging their loss in the 2015 World Cup quarter-finals as they beat Japan 3-1 in Osaka on Monday night, to get their Olympic qualifying campaign off to a perfect start.
The Matildas took charge in the first half, getting control of the match after the opening quarter of the match. 20 minutes in Australia took charge of the match and they had their opening goal in the 25th minute.
The goal came through veteran captain Lisa De Vanna, who was able to use her strength to beat her defender. That allowed her to have the space to head home a perfect cross from Katrina Gorry, silencing the crowd.
In the 40th minute De Vanna was able to send in an assist for Australia to take a two goal lead through Michelle Heyman. De Vanna sent a perfect through ball for Heyman who was able to easily round the keeper and slide the ball home.
Japan needed to get a goal back to get in to the game as they needed to prove their status in Asia. The goal came in stoppage time after some impressive build up from Japan in the box, allowing Yuki Ogimi to slam home the goal from close range, making it 2-1 at half-time.
Japan came out from the half determined to get back on level terms, and went for the goal, putting plenty of pressure on Lydia Williams. She made a stunning save in the 61st minute as Aya Miyama sent in a powerful long shot, which forced Williams in to a full stretch save to keep the Matildas in front.
In the 78th minute Australia sealed the win, thanks to some great work from Emily van Egmond, who sent in a perfect cross. That cross found Katrina Gorry who was able to sneak in and head home the goal, giving Australia the 3-1 lead, which they would hold comfortably to get a vital win for their qualification chances.