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LIVE: Following last week’s 7-0 capitalization of Spain at World No. 7, the weakened Matidas team will face another tough European challenge in Portugal on Wednesday morning (6am AEST).

While every English-based Australian has retired from the camp, the Australian team’s lack of depth has been exposed by the Spanish side in the Premier League and next week’s European Championships and the best player in the world, Alexandria Putelas.

But Matidas coach Tony Gustavson said the result was not surprising given the lack of stars such as Sam Carr and many other veterans.

Huelva, Spain - June 25 ሬ Remy Simson, an Australian, watches the Women's World Cup between Spain and Australia at the Stade Nouveau Colombo on June 25, 2022 in Huelva, Spain.  (Photo by Fran Santiago / Getty Images)
Huelva, Spain – June 25 ሬ Remy Simson, an Australian, watches the Women’s World Cup between Spain and Australia at the Stade Nouveau Colombo on June 25, 2022 in Huelva, Spain. (Photo by Fran Santiago / Getty Images)Source Fate-Getty Images

“If you’ve been watching the women’s game for a long time and you’ve seen where Spain is and what you’ve done and achieved over the past two years with this international team,” Gustavson said.

“Look at their score line and what they did, look at the team we bring to us. I’m really surprised that people are surprised.

Because it is where we are and we need to look at that and identify that and invest and believe and improve.

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And Gustavson said he could be forced to make some changes due to injury.

I don’t want to go into detail about who is available or not, but we have two questions for tomorrow’s game, ”said Gustavson.

“Tomorrow I want to get new information from sports teams and sports scientists, but we will have to make two changes in line-up based on the availability of players.”

Matidas from Portugal, Wednesday, June 29, 6 p.m. (AEST)

Venue Antonio Coimbra da Motta Stadium, Estoril

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