Matildas clash with Sweden is do-or-die event

THE equation is simple for the Matildas. Beat Sweden in the final Group D match in Edmonton on Wednesday morning, or at least secure a draw, and progress to the next stage of the women's World Cup. Lose, and the tournament is over.

After a 3-1 loss to the USA in the opening game, the Aussie girls bounced back with a 2-0 win over Nigeria.

Sweden, the No.5 team in the world, finds itself in a difficult position after blowing a 2-0 lead in its first game before drawing with Nigeria 3-3. It then produced a much better performance to share the points in a scoreless draw with the USA, and will move through to the next round if it can win on Wednesday.

The Aussies have had their fair share of injuries in the tournament, although Samantha Kerr (pictured) seems likely to play after it was initially feared she may have broken her jaw after copping an elbow to the face behind play against Nigeria.


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