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Matildas are SLAMMED for ‘flustercluck’ tactics in 7-0 drubbing by Spain that was ‘experiment’

The Matildas pass ‘flustercluck’ tactics in 7-0 Drubbing by Spain treated as an ‘experiment’ rather than World Cup preparation: ‘What a load of rubbish’

Australia’s Matildas women’s football team was criticized by Spain on Sunday morning for foolish tactics and team selections in their 7-0 thrashing.

The loss was the national team’s first since January this year, and the worst since a 9-1 demolition at the hands of America in 1997.

Matildas coach Tony Gustavsson comforts stand-in captain Clare Polkinghorne after Australia's embarrassing 7-0 defeat to Spain

Matildas coach Tony Gustavsson comforts stand-in captain Clare Polkinghorne after Australia’s embarrassing 7-0 defeat to Spain

Australia put stars like striker Sam Kerr and defender Ellie Carpenter to rest, prompting critics and football personalities around the world to blast the side for wasting an opportunity to gauge how they compare to one of the best teams in the world.

Spain went into the sheds at halftime with a 1-0 lead, but the wheels really fell off in the second half.

Mariona Caldentey struck in the 48th minute, followed quickly by scores in the 53rd and 57th minutes. In the closing stages of the match, another barrage of three goals in quick time followed.

Irene Guerrero cheers with teammates after scoring the last of their seven goals in the friendly at Estadio Nuevo Colombino

Irene Guerrero cheers with teammates after scoring the last of their seven goals in the friendly at Estadio Nuevo Colombino

Football writer Joey Lynch led the charge by tweeting, “It pretty much just melted in the second half. Relinquished the game. This has really become a bit of a flustercluck.’

Special Projects Football director Elia Santoro thought it was ridiculous to set up such a young squad and ‘rest’ players, as the Matildas have only played three games there in as many months.

‘Feeling for our young girls. While it’s a great experience and will build character, what a mess we needed to put the Matildas to rest. We had 2 fifa window breaks, we didn’t use FFS. Spain has played more than we have and Euros are coming too. No one asks Qs from NT Coach,” she said tweeted

“This friendly match has yielded nothing. No shots on target, 24% possession, 776 passes to 250, 9 corners to 0,” Optus Sport football expert Michelle Escobar wrote.

‘Can’t help but think Tony [Gustavsson, Matlidas coach] should have called the regulars against a world class Spain to get a better idea of ​​where we stand, the World Cup is only 12 months away.”

Fox Sports host James Dodd wrote: “Spain is a great team, but gosh talk about picking the wrong time to experiment. That’s a harrowing loss any way you look at it…’

Striker Larissa Crummer tries to keep the ball in play during her tough outing against Spain on Sunday morning, in which the Matildas failed to get a single shot on target

Striker Larissa Crummer tries to keep the ball in play during her tough outing against Spain on Sunday morning, in which the Matildas failed to get a single shot on target

Fans were quick to blame poor tactics on coach Gustavsson, who was criticized for his decision to rest Matildas stars during a key run of European Championship friendlies.

Holger Osiek’s resignation came after two friendly destructions by Brazil and France. Given that Gustavsson has underperformed at every turn and just hammered through Spain 7-0, I think it’s time for him to leave. We can’t afford to be ashamed at the World Cup in our own country,” one fan tweeted.

Gustavsson’s coaching record doesn’t help his cause in leading them to next year’s World Cup, which will be held in Australia and New Zealand.

The Matildas have won just eight times in his 23 games at the helm.

Coach Gustavsson shakes hands with 20-year-old Charlotte Grant who played her fourth cap against Spain

Coach Gustavsson shakes hands with 20-year-old Charlotte Grant who played her fourth cap against Spain

Ex-footballer Andy Harper questioned the squad’s ability as many of the young players from the NSW National Premier League were lifted to international level.

“You play against Spain away from home a year after the World Cup. Iron sharpens iron – so this was iron versus wood, with the utmost respect,” the 55-year-old told Channel Ten.

“So a year after the World Cup, when we see if girls playing at that level can handle six of the top 30 players in the world?”

On Wednesday, the Matildas will play against Portugal, which is 18 places behind them in the FIFA international rankings.

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