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Matildas defeated Mexico 2-0 in the 2024 Women's International Friendly

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The Australian women's football team overcame a tough test from Mexico to win 2-0 in an international friendly at Toyota Field in San Antonio, Texas, on Wednesday.

The Matilda12th in the football rankings, prevailed against a spirited Mexican women's football team thanks to goals from Hayley Raso (9th minute) and Caitlin Foord (52nd minute).

The game began with the Matildas dominating possession but failing to count the ball as an upbeat Mexican team, which upset world No. 4 USA earlier this year, tried to press high operate.

After good preparatory work by Foord, the game's outstanding player, Australia finally came into action in the ninth minute. Raso looked down on the left with the ball on the edge of the Mexican penalty area. The Matildas winger turned and deftly shot into the net, despite Mexico goalkeeper Esthefanny Barreras getting her hands on the ball.

However, the Matildas were unable to extend their lead despite superior possession and the first half ended 1-0.

Foord, who was instrumental in the first goal, became the goalscorer in the second half, beating Barreras with a brilliant curler to double her team's lead. Australia could have extended their lead even further, but were unable to do so thanks to the Mexicans' determined defense.

The win means the Matildas are unbeaten this year after beating Uzbekistan twice in Olympic qualifying earlier this year.

With a view to the 2024 Paris Olympics, this was a good win for the Matildas, who are without captain Sam Kerr and senior players such as Clare Hunt, Courtney Nevin and Katrina Gorry due to injury.

“This is exactly what we needed to prepare for the Olympics and learn about ourselves,” said Australia head coach Tony Gustavsson.

The Matildas next play against the People's Republic of China in Adelaide on May 31 and Sydney on June 3 in preparation for their Paris 2024 season.