- Women’s World Cup Group C updates from Montpellier
- Subplots abound as Matildas gear up for defining game
- Any thoughts? Email or tweet @KieranPender
Hello and welcome to Montpellier. The sun is shining and the scene is set. It might be hyperbolic to say that this encounter with Brazil is do or die for the Matildas, but it certainly comes pretty close. Lose or draw today and the Australians face a must-win clash with Jamaica next week; the probable outcome being a third-placed finish in Group C and a tough Round of 16 opponent. If the Matildas continue their strong form against Brazil – they have won four straight – Australia’s campaign will be back on the road and the loss to Italy swiftly forgotten.
For Brazil, their 3-0 triumph over Jamaica on Sunday was the perfect way to snap a nine game losing streak. But Jamaica were hardly difficult opposition. Today’s match should indicate whether that victory was a temporary uptick on a long, downhill slump, or a return to their scintillating form of old.
Written by Kieran Pender at Stade de la Mosson
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