International City: Matildas defeat Japan, miss out on ToN trophy

The Matildas have gone agonisingly close to claiming the 2018 Tournament of Nations crown on Friday, missing out on the top prize by goal difference.

A 2-0 win over Japan earlier in the day would ensure the Aussies would remain undefeated in the competition, creating a goal buffer to the United States who were yet to play Brazil in their final match.

An Alanna Kennedy free-kick stole the headlines as her effort just after half time fizzed into the bottom corner to give the Matildas the lead.

Kyah Simon and Lydia Williams also feature in the contest which saw Sam Kerr cap off the result ten minutes before full time.

The Aussies then waited with bated breath for the result of the later game and things looked to go the way of the Matildas as Brazil took the lead against the US.

The US – lead by goals to Rose Lavelle, Julie Ertz, Tobin Heath and Alex Morgan – stormed home to secure the result and trophy to dampen the Matildas’ buoyant mood after their final fixture.