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Soccer-Australia coach stands by experiment after Spain drubbing

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia women’s coach Tony Gustavsson stood by his decision to experiment in the second half of Saturday’s friendly loss to Spain in Huelva despite the hosts scoring six goals to seal a 7-0 victory.

The Matildas had rested a string of top players, including striker Sam Kerr, for the friendly but a tactical switch and three substitutions at halftime further weakened the side.

Spain, ranked seventh in the world and warming up for their Euros campaign, took full advantage and three goals in the last 10 minutes blew out the score to leave Australia with their worst defeat in a quarter of a century.

Gustavsson defended resting the top players for welfare reasons and said he had wanted to use the match to take a look at some younger talent ahead of next year’s Women’s World Cup, which Australia will co-host.

“There’s probably going to be some reactions…


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