Newcastle: A Sam Kerr-inspired Australia recovered from a first minute Brazilian goal to beat the South American champions for the second time in four days, and take their international winning streak to five.
Two goals to superstar forward Kerr, and another to Caitlin Foord helped the Matildas to a 3-2 win, which stretches their unbeaten run to eight matches, all of which have been played against sides in the world’s top 15.
In front of over 16,000 – an even bigger crowd than Saturday’s sold-out gallery in Penrith – Australia made the worst possible start, conceding inside the first minute when Marta’s pass found Fabiana for an easy close-range finish.
But – as she has done so often for club and country in recent times – Kerr changed the complexion of the match with a thumping header, this time from Emily van Egmond’s free-kick to make it 1-1 shortly before half time.
After the break Foord was on hand to put Australia in front after Vegalta Sendai teammate Katrina Gorry scuffed her effort at goal into the 2016 AFC Women’s Player of the Year’s path in the 47th minute.
Kerr was at it again in the 66th minute, benefitting from Chloe Logarzo’s pass to stroke home her seventh goal in her last four international appearances.
Brazil found a late consolation goal when five-time FIFA Women’s Player of the Year Marta converted a penalty to make it 3-2, but Alen Stajcic’s Australia held on to secure their third win over the South Americans in the last two months.