Matildas to play China in fourth must win match

The Westfield Matildas will play host team China in the fourth and must-win match of their 2012 London Olympic Games Asian qualification campaign.

The fourth-placed Westfield Matildas will take on third-placed China on 8 September at the Jinan Olympic Sports Centre, China, as they aim to improve their qualification chances.

Westfield Matildas Head Coach Tom Sermanni said the next two games were critical, but that the Westfield Matildas have the resilience and determination to succeed.

“The next two games are games that we obviously need to win to have an opportunity to qualify, and they’re going to be equally as difficult as the DPR Korea and Japan games,” Sermanni said.

“It’s easy to turn up and be confident and play when things are going smoothly for you,” he said.

“The real test of the team and the staff is how we handle things when there’s a bit of adversity. The key to these next two games is how we handle ourselves. Normally we’re a very resilient group of players, and I’ve got complete faith that these qualities will manifest themselves in these last two games.”

The Westfield Matildas will play a total of five matches in 11 days. The teams that finish in the top two will book berths at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

The Westfield Matildas were defeated 0-1 by both DPR Korea and Japan. They defeated Thailand 5-1 and will meet South Korea in their fifth and final match with extended highlights set to screen on ABC1 at 11.30pm, 11 September.

Live match updates and behind-the-scenes stills and footage will be available throughout the tournament via Girls FC Facebook (www.facebook.com/girlsfc) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/FFAGirlsFC).

  • sportsmad

    You always battle hard and do so well against quality opposition. The very best of luck getting the right results in the next two games and grabbing the magic 9 points you need to qualify for London. We’re with you all the way. Go Matildas.