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Experienced Matildas will look to take more risks, says Tony Gustavsson | Matildas

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A more-familiar looking Matildas side is prepared to risk conceding goals in today’s second of two friendly matches with Canada if it means nailing down their focus on building up in possession.

Caitlin Foord, Steph Catley, Ellie Carpenter and Clare Hunt – who didn’t feature at all in the first game – will line-up in the starting XI today, while Mary Fowler, Kyra Cooney Cross, Alanna Kennedy, Katrina Gorry and Hayley Raso will also start. Sam Kerr and Mackenzie Arnold are injured.

Australia relied heavily on springing counter attacks during their golden FIFA Women’s World Cup run. But before this month’s friendlies, coach Tony Gustavsson said he wanted to develop their build-up play ahead of February’s Olympic qualifiers against Uzbekistan.

“We’ve … seen that we’ve struggled a little bit to play through lines, which means, come Olympics, we don’t want to be as…

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