The biggest problem for Australia in that game was being able to create and convert opportunities because of their hasty decision making. Portugal has shown that when they get the ball, they know how to play it but they also know how to put the pressure on the Matildas.

Players like Neto, Silva and Diana Silva came dangerously close to toppling the Matildas so Australia’s defence is going to need to be strong to keep those players away from the net. Now having the benefit of experience, a calmer and more controlled approach from Australia will mean more accurate passes, ultimately helping them keep possession.