The CommBank ParaMatildas make it back-to-back wins in Osaka with an 8-1 victory over Japan

The CommBank ParaMatildas made it back-to-back victories over Japan with an 8-1 win over their AFC counterparts. 

Head Coach Kelly Stirton opted to make two changes to the side that beat Japan 9-0 yesterday, handing starting debuts to Carly Salmon and Karina Grigorian after their impressive performances in yesterday's game off the bench. 

Due to the extreme heat in Osaka, the game was pushed back to a 3:30pm (local) kick-off with a format change that saw unlimited interchange available as well as the game being played in 3x 15mins.

Nicole Christodoulou scored her second goal in as many games, opening the scoring in just the third minute of the game to give the visitors an early lead. 

Christodoulou doubled the lead in spectacular fashion, chipping the Japanese keeper with a long-range volley. Head Coach Kelly Strirton made three changes heading into the second period of play, bringing off Beikoff, Northam and Grigorian and introducing Katelyn Smith, Annmarie de Uriarte and Tahlia Blanshard.

Annmarie de Uriarte made an immediate impact once again off the bench, scoring her third goal for Australia. Rachel Tolson came off the bench to replace Christodoulou, coming on to make her CommBank ParaMatildas debut.

de Uriarte made it back-to-back braces with Australia's fourth of the afternoon in Osaka. A frantic three minutes of play saw Japan's Mai Ohta score an own goal to make it 5-0, and then one minute later claw a goal back for Japan to make it 5-1. 

Annmarie de Uriarte completed her hat-trick on the half-hour mark, sending the game into the final third at 6-1. Strirton made another change heading into the final third, with Rae Anderson coming on to replace Tolson. 

Northam and Christodoulou came off the bench to replace de Uriarte and Blanshard heading into the final 8 minutes of the game. Eloise Northam made it 7-1 with two minutes of time left in the game. Katelyn Smith made it 8-1 in stoppage time to seal a dominant win. 

The game finished 8-1 to the visitors, the CommBank ParaMatildas will finish their three-match series tomorrow against Japan at 11:00am (AEST). 

Match Day 3
Japan v Australia
Date: Monday, 4 September 2023
Venue: J-Green Sakai (Indoor)
Kick-Off: 10:00am (local) / 11.00am (AEST)

Match Details  

Japan: 1 (Ohta 29') 
Australia: 8 (Christodoulou 3' 12' de Uriarte 19' 26' 30' Ohta (OG) 28' Northam 43' Smith 45+2')

Australia: 1. Carly Salmon (GK) (c), 2. Nicole Christodoulou (5. Tolson 25') (9. Anderson 30'), 4. Karina Grigorian (3. Blanshard 15') (2. Christodoulou 37'), 7. Eloise Northam (8. de Uriarte 15') (7. Northam 37'), 10. Georgia Beikoff (6. Smith 15')

Substitutes not used: Nil