TOP STUFF: Sam Kerr celebrates her goal to take a 6-1 lead over Brazil.
TOP STUFF: Sam Kerr celebrates her goal to take a 6-1 lead over Brazil. Harry How

Matildas waltz home in win over Brazil

THE Matildas are the inaugural winners of the Tournament of Nations thanks to a superb 6-1 win over Brazil in Los Angeles.

Having beaten USA and Japan, Alen Stajcic's side need to just draw to ensure the silverware comes with them back to Australia.

Bringing silverware back home, before squaring off again against the Brazilians in two friendlies in Australia in September, is a sign of Australia's progress and at least some revenge for the heartbreak from 2016.

After enduring a horror start, conceding a goal after 68 seconds, the Matildas' response was outstanding, particularly in an entertaining, end-to-end first-half where they blew the Brazilians, the side that conquered them in controversial circumstances at the Rio Olympics one year ago, off the park.

Lisa De Vanna showed great composure to slot home a finish on the rebound after an eighth minute penalty was saved by Brazil goalkeeper Dani Neuhaus, who was kept tremendously busy by the Australians' high-octane style of play.

Then, it became the Sam Kerr show.

The superstar surged down the right, and then the left, to tee up goals for Caitlin Foord, and then De Vanna again, who became the Matildas' all time leading scorer with her 42nd strike.

Foord's goal was particularly impressive, coming via three passes stemming from Mackenzie Arnold's strong one-on-one save to thwart Bia Zaneratto as she surged towards Australia's goal.

It was a snapshot of the side's strengths in 17 seconds.

But the first-half party was not done yet, with Katrina Gorry showing her immense class to slot a fourth with a shot drilled across the face of goal, a chance carved by lightning feet on the edge of the box by the 24-year-old star.

Australia added another two goals in the second-half; although the end-to-end action was less frenetic, the Matildas did not relent with their defensive attitude, with the Brazilians unable to force their way back into the contest.

The icing on the cake came when Tameka Butt unleashed Foord with an incisive through ball to make it five, before Kerr, the best player in the tournament - if not on the planet at the moment - got a much deserved goal, her fourth of the tournament, to round out the rout.

Australia 6, Brazil 1?

It sounds unfamiliar in football terms, and it's another display that will have the football world talking about the Matildas.

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