Just as in their 5-2 defeat by Olympic champions Germany on Saturday, Tony Gustavsson’s Australian nationwide team were yet again acquainted with the broad gulf in course that separates them from the world’s finest in Tuesday’s just one-sided affair.
Served by the Matildas’ sloppiness in possession and their very own incisive attacking instincts, the Dutch, the world’s No.4 side, ran absent with aims from Jill Roord, Lieke Martens, Jackie Groenen, Lineth Beerensteyn and Danielle van de Donk.
When Gustavsson experienced taken the reins, his celebrity captain Sam Kerr was between these who said it was new music to her ears that the Swede’s strategy was “all about targets, targets, objectives.”
However, on another sobering event for Australia, all the goals were being going in the improper internet – and a starved-for-company Kerr, for her aspect, acquired only just one sniff on aim all match, slicing an 81st minute shot huge.
The 5-target margin was Australia’s biggest defeat because they missing 5- to China 13 many years ago – and they haven’t conceded five or extra in consecutive game titles in 26 yrs.
The sideshow private billing of Chelsea’s Kerr as opposed to Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema as a fight between the world’s best two girls strikers was a knockout get for the Dutchwoman who, even with no a purpose, proved instrumental in so a great deal of the Oranje’s greatest function.
Around their two online games, their 1st in nearly 400 days considering the fact that qualifying for Tokyo, some rustiness was understandable and there had been a few rays of hope for Gustavsson in Emily Gielnik’s ambitions in opposition to Germany and Hayley Raso’s tireless probing from the Dutch.
But yet another disjointed display supplied cherished small hope the Matildas can make a critical assault on gold in Tokyo with the Dutch amid the opposition. This was the ninth straight match they’ve failed to conquer European opposition.
The tricky working day behind shut doors at the NEC Stadium began with the Matildas, who built 4 adjustments from their starting lineup from the Germans, swiftly launching their have downfall.
Teen Mary Fowler handed straight to Martens exterior her have box, allowing for the hosts to established up Miedema and, although her effort was saved, the celebrity striker nipped in to feed Roord to tap dwelling.
The Matildas wore black armbands in memory of goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold’s grandmother, who died not long ago.
On this emotional day for the West Ham keeper, a poor oversight was forgivable as she let Martens’ speculative 20-metre left-foot shot slip beneath her in the 20th moment.
A superior-press from the Dutch saw them rob a ponderous Australia rearguard, main to Miedema setting up Groenen for a very simple third with the activity effectively about right after just 27 minutes.
The Matildas obtained a foothold just after the split but were dissected by a pretty 67th moment Dutch split, former environment participant of the year Martens providing a terrific crossfield ball that sub Beerensteyn lobbed expertly around Arnold.
Dylan Holmes emerged for a Matildas debut but marked the situation by providing the ball absent in the penalty region to van de Donk who sealed the rout with 20 minutes remaining.
Gielnik, who was not in the setting up lineup right after her double from Germany for the reason that of anxieties around a groin personal injury, arrived on again but the greatest possibility fell to the luckless Holmes, who volleyed huge from position-blank array.