The Matildas Won All Three Games and Took Home the Cup of Nations Championship

Ante Milicic gets his first three wins as Matildas coach against Singapore, Australia and China. The Cup of Nations trophy was won by Australia over Argentina 3-0 in what was excellent preparation for the World Cup.

Here are five things we’ve learned from Australia’s cup of nations triumph:

There Is Life After Alen Stajcic

When the bombshell that their former coach had been dismissed broke, the Matildas were devastated and concerned. But plainly, their eyes are set on the World Cup. Several players emphasized how enjoyable and free life was under new coach Ante Milicic, with the results being excellent.

Sam Kerr Is an Inspired Captaincy Choice

Before Milicic, there were other more experienced and level-headed choices to lead the Matildas, but on this evidence, Kerr is the correct one. The 25-year-old scored three goals in all three matches while always performing her defensive responsibilities with commitment and intensity.

Emily Gielnik Is World Cup-Bound

She could be a star in her home country of France. The Melbourne Victory winger has continued to perform at the highest level in a Matildas uniform, quickly establishing herself as a fan favourite under coach Milicic. Her late strike against Korea was Australia’s Goal of the Tournament, and it’s difficult to imagine her not making the 23-person selection.

So Are Lisa de Vanna and Aivi Luik

There are a few positions up for grabs in the World Cup squad of 23. One is as Elise Kellond-Knight’sdeputy in the holding position, and Luik has outperformed her competition in every game thus far. De Vanna looked good in Brisbane, but Simon, who is returning from an injury, will be a tough opponent.

FFA should stage another Cup of Nations

This is an excellent opportunity for the Matildas to shine after three months of World Cup preparation against Italy in France. There’s no doubting there’s a lot of interest from the general public, with 25,000 spectators coming out for the three games. The next year’s event should be scheduled to help Australia get ready for the Olympics.