AUSTRALIA have been held to a frustrating scoreless draw by South Korea in their opening Women’s World Cup qualifier in Jordan.
The in-form Matildas dominated possession but struggled to breakdown a well- organised defence-orientated opponent in Amman.
With their eight-match winning streak ended last month, Australia struggled for rhythm in the first half of the match as part of the Asian Women’s Cup.
The second half was a different matter as the Australians found their usual passing range, but clear goalscoring opportunities remained at a premium. Australia’s star attacker Sam Kerr was heavily marked, while Korea’s deep lying defence meant the Perth Glory forward was rarely able to use her pace. There were half chances to Lisa De Vanna and Katrina Gorry, but the best opportunity by far fell to Kyah Simon in the dying minutes but the substitute blasted over the bar.
Australia must finish in the top-five of the eight-nation tournament to win a spot at next year’s Women’s World Cup in France.