It's fair to say Sunday night's World Cup opener did not go to plan for the Matildas.
It's so important to start any big tournament on the right foot, so the side will be disappointed to have produced a performance that was below their best in the 2-1 loss to Italy.
The Matildas would have been happy to walk away with a draw, but having conceded a 95th minute goal, the loss sets up a must-win game against Brazil in the second round.
It will be a tough game, but the Matildas have the talent to bounce back.
Ante Milicic's high line tactics have received some criticism and there were times where it didn't seem to work, with Italy catching the Matildas out.
The tactic is part of Milicic's philosophy, so I can't see him changing it. But the team will spend the next week making tweaks and assessing the errors that were made against Italy. Expect the Matildas to execute the tactic a lot better when they play Brazil.
Wolves remain on track
It hasn't been the best week for the Wolves, with the boys going down to Mount Druitt in their FFA Cup clash and to Sydney United 58 in NPL play on Sunday but the team will bounce back.
The side generated plenty of chances in both matches, but struggled to convert those chances into goals.
A trend that has emerged lately is teams are starting to target Thomas James and Takeru Okada.
They've been the best players in the competition and they're starting to receive a bit of extra attention. It's one thing referees will have to keep their eyes on over the coming weeks.
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