Goals from Ellie Carpenter and Sam Kerr were enough to kick-start the Matildas’ tournament and seal the win against Iran in Perth

The Philippines will take on Australia at Optus Stadium on Sunday in a game they’re not expected to win, but that big victory over Taiwan will give them confidence of potentially advancing to the next stage of qualifying as the best-second placed finisher of the three groups, moving into the two-legged playoffs to determine Asia’s two qualifiers for Paris 2024 alongside the three group winners.

Featuring South Korea, China, and North Korea, Group B shapes as the Group of Death but that also means that they might beat up on each other, opening the door for Mark Torcaso’s side to sneak through with a strong goal difference if they can get a strong win over Iran in their final game.

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