Facing the former World Champions and #1 team in Asia in the first game of their Olympic qualifiers, few outside the inner circle expected them to win. Let alone so emphatically! Here's how it all went down.
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1 Mar 2016 - 1:20 PM  UPDATED 1 Mar 2016 - 5:49 PM

There were some nerves, apparently colouring in books help

Tameka Butt and Caitlin Cooper are prepared for the Matildas first Rio 2016 qualifier tonight. Apparently, colouring between the lines helps with the nerves. You'll need sound for this one

Posted by SBS Zela on Monday, 29 February 2016

But nothing was fazing young gun Chloe Logarzo in her first major tournament

At the beginning of the W-League, Matildas midfielder Chloe Logarzo took a risk and left home to chase her national team...

Posted by SBS Zela on Saturday, 27 February 2016

The lucky tape is ON

And here we go!

We didn’t have to wait long until the shortest Aussies on the pitch combined to deliver THIS!

A Lisa De Vanna header! You don't see these every day. It was the first goal of 3 for the Matildas as they defeated world #4 Japan 3-1. BEST EVER start to Rio 2016 qualifying.

Posted by SBS Zela on Monday, 29 February 2016

Lisa may have even surprised herself

Her reaction says it all

The Japanese had some top shots on goal but Lydia Williams was all YOU SHALL NOT PASS

AND it was her 50th cap. Congrats Lydia! 

Everything was going our way, even the referee was helping out

Michelle Heyman looks a little pleased with her goal

Mini rises above

Here are all the Matildas’ goals

Here are all 3 of the Matildas goals in their win over Japan in the first of their Rio 2016 qualifiers. That's some sweet sweet revenge after the FIFA Women's World Cup!

Posted by SBS Zela on Monday, 29 February 2016

And it’s an emphatic win

And there are plenty who are not surprised

You tell 'em Bubs!

Celebrate good times, come on!

This is what it's all about! One down, four to go!Bring on Vietnam on Wednesday.

Posted by Matildas on Monday, 29 February 2016

Sam Kerr can't even with player of the match

Tim Cahill is boxing his corner flag at home, I'm sure

Extra, extra read all about it

"It’s just one game, there are four more tough matches. This is a tournament where any team can beat any team... "...

Posted by SBS The World Game on Monday, 29 February 2016

And, now, the Matildas are getting on with the job

Will you be there for the next game?

Australia v Vietnam

  • Wednesday 2 March 2016
  • Yanmar Stadium Nagai, Osaka
  • Kick-Off: 4:35pm local time (6:35pm AEDT)
  • LIVE on 7mate 

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