- Australia and Brazil to meet at a fourth Women’s World Cup in a row
- Brazil have the historical edge, but Australia have dominated recently
By Pete Smith with Australia and Giancarlo Giampietro with Brazil
Women’s football has seen some long-running rivalries down the years: be it USA-Canada, Sweden-Norway or China PR-Korea DPR. But a less-likely competition has developed between Australia and Brazil, with the latest chapter set to be played out on Thursday in a match brimming with historical and contemporary sub-plots.
Incredibly, the match in Montpellier will be the fourth successive FIFA Women’s World Cup™in which the two nations have met. Then there is the most recent Women’s Olympic Football Tournament in Rio, when a heaving Estadio Mineirao witnessed the home side edge victory after a tense penalty shoot-out which sent the locals’ anxiety levels into overdrive.
Since then, Australia have dominated their opponent, winning the past four matches and scoring an eye-watering 14 goals in the process. But with Brazil ending a losing streak in a 3-0 win over Jamaica and Australia suffering a painful 2-1 defeat against Italy, the form book is proving erratic at best.
Aside from USA and New Zealand, Australia have met Brazil more than any other nation outside Asia. It is a rivalry stretching back to 1988.
Australia v Brazil
Matches played: 18
Australia wins: 9
Brazil wins: 8
Australia’s biggest win: 6-1
Brazil’s biggest win: 3-0
FIFA.com takes a look at three previous Women’s World Cup meetings and hears from some of the protagonists who are still around.