An understrength Australia suffered a 2-Zero defeat towards Ladies’s World Cup hosts France in a pleasant in Saint Etienne early on Saturday (AEST).
Veteran ahead Eugenie Le Sommer scored objectives at both finish of the second half to make sure a deserved victory for the house facet.
Lacking rested headline names comparable to Sam Kerr, Alanna Kennedy, Lydia Williams and Emily van Egmond, the Matildas rode their luck at instances to keep away from a hefty defeat.
Australia went into the match having suffered only one loss within the final eight outings, however their rejigged backline was beneath fixed strain with France dominating possession.
Australia failed to check French goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi till the ultimate seven minutes when teenage substitute Mary Fowler was denied.
France have been on the entrance foot from the outset with the opening levels marked by a nasty shoulder harm for France captain Amandine Henry, after she fell closely beneath a late problem from Matildas’ fullback Larissa Crummer.
France missed a number of gilt-edged probabilities with Gaetane Thiney, Kadidiatou Diani and Valerie Gauvin among the many fundamental offenders.
France lastly bought the aim they deserved 11 minutes into the second half as Le Sommer tapped residence after Mackenzie Arnold was unable to know a unfastened ball within the penalty space.
Le Sommer doubled the benefit within the remaining minute with an outstanding long-range shot.
Australia will meet England in London on Tuesday forward of residence matches towards Chile subsequent month.