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sport news Matildas are SLAMMED for 'flustercluck' tactics in 7-0 drubbing by Spain that ... trends now

The Matildas are SLAMMED for 'flustercluck' tactics in 7-0 drubbing by Spain that was treated as an 'experiment' instead of World Cup preparation: 'What a load of crap'

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Australia's Matildas women's soccer team have been slammed for foolish tactics and team selections in their 7-0 thrashing by Spain on Sunday morning in what's been dubbed a wasted opportunity to build towards next year's World Cup on home soil.

The loss was the national side's first since January this year, and their worst defeat since a 9-1 demolition at the hands of America in 1997. 

Matildas coach Tony Gustavsson consoles stand-in captain Clare Polkinghorne after Australia's embarrassing 7-0 defeat to Spain

Matildas coach Tony Gustavsson consoles stand-in captain Clare Polkinghorne after Australia's embarrassing 7-0 defeat to Spain

Australia rested stars like striker Sam Kerr and defender Ellie Carpenter, prompting critics and soccer personalities worldwide to blast the side for wasting an opportunity to gauge how they compare to one of the best teams in the world. 

Spain went into the sheds at halftime with a 1-0 lead, but the wheels well and truly fell off in the second half.

Mariona Caldentey struck in the 48th minute, followed quickly by scores in the 53rd and 57th minutes. Another three-goal barrage in quick time followed in the closing stages of the match. 

Irene Guerrero cheers with teammates after scoring the last of their seven goals in the friendly at Estadio Nuevo Colombino

Irene Guerrero cheers with teammates after scoring the last of their seven goals in the friendly at Estadio Nuevo Colombino

Football writer Joey Lynch led the condemnation by tweeting: 'Pretty much just melted in the second half. Abdicated the game. This has really devolved into a bit of a flustercluck.' 

Director of Special Projects football, Elia Santoro, believed it was ridiculous to field such a young side and 'rest' players given the fact there the Matildas have only played three

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