“There’s no room for complacency” – Matildas leaving nothing to chance against...

“There’s no room for complacency” – Matildas leaving nothing to chance against Thailand

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Barely a month after the Matildas comfortably thrashed Thailand 5-0 in a pre-Asian Cup friendly in Perth, the two nations will meet again in the tournament’s semi-finals on Tuesday night. 

That night in March, the Green and Gold assumed an early lead and never looked back, cruising to a comfortable win.

They have since drawn with South Korea and Japan, and defeated Vietnam 8-0 in their respective Group A games.

Thailand finished second in Group B behind China, having defeated Jordan and the Philippines in pool games.

They were however beaten 4-0 by China, and the task of the tournament favourites it is an even steeper one still.

But even with a rankings gap of 24 between the teams, coach Alen Stajcic was still alert to the danger posed by Thailand.

“We played Thailand a few weeks ago but that was a warmup game for both teams, we were both preparing to come to this tournament,” Stajcic said.

“It doesn’t really have a bearing on this game coming up. We’re expecting a tough contest.

“We watched Thailand play against the Philippines and Jordan, and they look very strong on the counter-attack and scored some really good goals.

“We know it’s going to be a tough game for us. This is a semi-final … we’re putting out the strongest team we can and the one we think can do the job.”

Midfielder Kyah Simon echoed her manager, stressing there was little chance the foot would be taken off the pedal.

“As a team, we need to ensure that we’re not complacent at all heading into a match against a team that usually isn’t as dominant or as talented as our team,” she said.

“We really need to focus on that and stay focused … it’s a game where we need to bring our A-game and play to our strengths and get the job done.

“There’s no room for complacency in a tournament football match and definitely a semi-final.”

The winner of the match will play either Japan or China in the final on Friday evening.

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