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US waltzes to win over Matildas

MATILDAS coach Hesterine De Reus tried to take some positives out of yesterday morning's 4-0 thrashing by world No.1 United States in San Antonio.

The US scored two goals in each half via Lauren Holiday, Carli Lloyd, Abby Wambach and Christen Press.

Matildas forward Lisa De Vanna (pictured) was a shining light, forcing Hope Solo into a number of saves.

"The good thing is that we created four of five very good opportunities in the first half," De Reus said.

"Our forward line was very dangerous in the first half and we created opportunities through our build-up which is a good thing."

De Reus bemoaned some poor defensive play and said the timing of the game could have attributed to the result.

"The defending part of our game was not good enough," she said. "Conceding four goals is way too much.

"In the second half we became tired and dropped a bit more defensively which created a big space in the midfield so we created some problems for ourselves.

"It is not surprising as we are out of season so there have not been so many opportunities to play tough football for most of the girls."

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