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Matildas handed brutal reality check by Olympic champions Germany

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Germany had their own curveballs to deal with – mere hours before kick-off, defender Felicitas Rauch returned a positive COVID-19 test, forcing her and three other teammates who were deemed to be close contacts into self-isolation.

But having played together six times since the onset of the pandemic – in contrast with Australia, who weren’t even able to assemble for a training camp until last week – their cohesion and quality was clear, and they took the lead in the 11th minute after pouncing on a series of lapses at the back.

Some slick combination play after a throw-in enabled Tabea Waßmuth to get past Roestbakken and make a surging run down the right flank before launching a cross from the byline.

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