Captain Sam Kerr admits the Matildas have not fairly cracked the code on breaking down deep-defending groups after China floor out a 1-1 draw of their epic Olympic qualifier.
Australia loved the lion share of possession in Thursday evening’s conflict at Bankwest Stadium, taking part in 362 extra passes.
However Ante Milicic’s facet struggled to seek out the killer-ball as well-drilled China sat again, absorbed strain and took a extra direct route when shifting ahead.
China’s resoluteness paid dividends because the Metal Roses broke the impasse by way of Tang Jiali’s 86th-minute strike.
However Emily van Egmond’s gorgeous reply in added time cancelled out the would-be winner, making certain Australia face Vietnam as an alternative of South Korea within the last knockout stage for Tokyo 2020.
Aside from just a few flashes of brilliance, Kerr wasn’t afforded many alternatives to strut her stuff whereas returning to Milicic’s beginning line-up after bench cameos in opposition to Taiwan and Thailand.
The Chelsea star mentioned China’s techniques to sit down again and defend in numbers behind the ball made life troublesome.
“That is form of been occurring in opposition to us so much these days and we have not solved it fairly but,” Kerr mentioned.
“To be honest, it is in all probability a praise to us, groups are respecting what we will do and getting 11 gamers behind the ball.”
Figuring out extra of similar could also be in retailer for Australia of their two-leg playoff with Vietnam, or within the group stage in Tokyo ought to they qualify, Kerr harassed they had been engaged on addressing the problem.
“It is the toughest factor to do in soccer is break down a block of 11,” she mentioned.
“We’re constructing on it day by day, it is one thing we apply so much.
“However, look, it would not occur in a single day and we’re constructing in the direction of it.
“We positively suppose we’ll face it on the Olympics. However tonight we confirmed numerous battle and that is the necessary factor.”