MATILDAS KEEP WORLD CUP DREAM ALIVE

The Matildas have seen off Nigeria 2-0, in a physical must
win encounter at Winnipeg Stadium.

Kyah Simon was praised by her fellow counterparts this
morning, scoring a brace and deserving all the credit after a long journey back
from a serious knee injury.

The Matildas struggled to get out of the blocks in the first
20 minutes, playing nervously as the Nigerians pushed them deep into their own
half.

Matildas captain Lisa De Vanna provided the inspiration at
the perfect time, streaming through the middle of the park before laying a ball
off to Simon to score a cracker on the left.

Alen Stajcic’s well-structured tactics and attacking
mentality began to shine through, as the Matildas piled on the pressure down
the wings.

Sam Kerr looked dangerous all day, and made the most of a
Nigerian defensive mishap, whipping a gorgeous ball into the path of Simon.

The frustration from the Nigerian camp soon became evident,
after substitute Ugo Njoko did the unthinkable.

Njoko sent a crushing elbow into the face of Sam Kerr, in a clear
brain snap of frustration. Astoundingly, the referee let Njoko off scott-free and
failed to ever gain control of a highly physical game.

The Matildas were lucky to escape without any injuries, as
the Nigerian’s completely lost their heads in the final 10 minutes of the game.

All in all, the Matildas did well to shut the game down in a
hot and scrappy affair, holding off the African Champions 2-0 at Winnipeg.

The victory places the Matildas on three points with
USA, leaving them in good stead for the knock-out phase of the competition.

Fate now lays in the Matildas hands, as they look towards their
final group game, and in need of a crucial point against Sweden.

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By ARI CHARILAOU

THE TURF