Matildas participant rankings: See who starred and who struggled as Aussies excelled in World Cup knockout victory over Denmark

After a nervous begin wherein Denmark had the very best opening substitution, the Matildas turned the sport the other way up with Caitlin Foord’s objective within the first half – and by no means appeared again.

While Foord was a standout, together with Mary Fowler – who was instrumental in each of the aspect’s targets – there have been nice performances throughout the park, with the added bonus of seeing Sam Kerr lastly on the pitch for the primary time within the event.

This is how Daily Mail Australia rated the house workforce…

Mackenzie Arnold 6

Solid however unchallenged in objective, aside from a handful of tame lengthy vary makes an attempt from the Danes. Will face more durable checks because the event progresses.

Alana Kennedy gave her teammates a rocket after 20 minutes they usually succeeded

Steve Catley 7

Was a serious menace on the left aspect for the Matildas, working fantastically with Caitlin Foord as an assault route all through the sport. If she will get that final ball proper, it is going to be laborious to cease the wily fullback.

Alan Kennedy7

Gave her a teammate a missile at 20 minutes amid their sluggish begin to the match and it labored, and the Matildas discovered their groove after that. Handled the specter of Pernille Harder nicely.

Clara Hunt 7

Like Kennedy, he struggled to include Harder within the opening exchanges, however grew within the recreation. A assured efficiency.

Foord was dominant for Australia on the left and can play a decisive position on this event

Ellie Carpenter 6

Went for glory with a wild strive late, however little to fault the full-back. A dependable presence within the again 4.

Caitlin Ford 9

After that efficiency, many defenders may have sleepless nights questioning the way to take care of Caitlin Foord. She was completely sensational on Monday evening and Tony Gustavsson’s resolution to place her on the left wing is a masterstroke.

Whether she goes left or proper doesn’t matter, she’ll discover a manner round you and deal important injury. Brilliant end to attain first and was at all times an possibility on the left for her teammates.

Katrina Gorry was quieter than normal in what was a comparatively understated efficiency

Kate Cooney Cross 7

Was a livewire in midfield and outscored the comparatively subdued Gorry. Helped set a tempo for her aspect after Kennedy’s dashing.

Katrin Gorry6

Got caught however was unable to stamp her authority on the sport, in a considerably worrying signal for Gustavsson.

Hayley Raso 7

She didn’t attain the identical stage as towards Canada, however confirmed her prowess in entrance of objective with a well-taken shot to place the match past doubt.

Mary Fowler is having fun with a brand new life within the false 9 position for Australia

Mary Fowler 8

It appears to have discovered new life within the false 9 roll, dropping deep to unfold scrumptious passes to the flank or down the center. Was instrumental in each targets and will likely be essential to the Australian season.

Emily van Egmond 6

Showed her intelligence with agility for Raso’s assault, however was unable to make the identical affect as Fowler. Will be sacrificed for Kerr when the captain is absolutely match.