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Matildas handed brutal reality check by Olympic champions Germany – Sydney Morning Herald

Tony Gustavsson finally took the reins in a match environment, but Australia’s defeat showed just how much work lies ahead if they are to contend for a medal at…

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Germany had their own curveballs to deal with – mere hours before kick-off, defender Felicitas Rauch returned a positive COVID-19 test, forcing her and three other teammates who were deemed to be close contacts into self-isolation.
But having played together six times since the onset of the pandemic – in contrast with Australia, who werent even able to assemble for a training camp until last week – their cohesion and quality was clear, and they took the lead in the 11th minute after pouncing on…

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