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Matildas goal a Brazilian sellout

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THE Matildas playing on home soil for the first time since their historic Tournament of Nations victory is proving irresistible to fans with the first match of their two-game series against Brazil nearing a sellout.

In a further sign of growing interest in the women’s game, around 15,000 tickets have already been sold for the first match between the Rio Olympic rivals at Penrith’s Pepper Stadium on September 16.

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Around 2000 tickets are still available for this match.

Around 9000 have already been sold for the second game at Newcastle on September 19.

Australia’s Alanna Kennedy (L) is marked by Brazil’s Beatriz in Rio.

The Matildas profile – and reputation – has risen in recent weeks thanks to their historic victory over the US at the Tournament of Nations and their eventual win at the event.

At the tournament, Tameka Butt scored to deliver Australia’s its first ever win over women’s football powerhouse, the US. The Matildas then went on to defeat Brazil 6-1 to claim their first ever Tournament of Nations crown.

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“I’m delighted that so many people are taking the chance to see the Westfield Matildas play Brazil but I’m not surprised. We have been playing outstanding football in recent matches and we hope to continue that in Penrith and Newcastle,” said coach Alen Stajcic.

Brazilian captain Marta posing for pictures with fans during at the Rio Games.

“We are excited and privileged to continue our rivalry with Brazil after two years of fantastic matches.

“I really urge anyone wanting to attend the Penrith game to get their tickets fast because the way it is going there will not be any seats available on the day.

“The atmosphere is going to be amazing. We are really looking forward to playing in front of a big crowd of our own fans.’’

Tickets and match information can be accessed at http://matildas.footballaustralia.com.au/tickets.

Source: sports dailytelegraph

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