The Matildas have slumped to a second heavy defeat in the space of a few days, being put to the sword by the Netherlands, 5-0.

The Matildas have slumped to a second heavy defeat in the space of a few days, being put to the sword by the Netherlands, 5-0.

It took just four minutes for the Dutch to open their account in Nijmegen, with Arsenal’s Jill Roord tapping in from close range.

Barcelona star and 2017 World Player of the Year Lieke Martens doubled the lead with a shot from 20 yards that Mackenzie Arnold should have done better with, before Manchester United midfielder Jackie Groenen made it three within half an hour.

The rampant Dutch added two more goals after halftime, through Lineth Beerensteyn and Danielle van de Donk.

It was the team’s worst result since a 5-0 friendly loss to China in 2008.

“We need to do better,” former national team star Michelle Heyman said on the post-game coverage.

“We can’t say ‘oh it’s COVID, we haven’t been together for 400-plus days’, they’re just excuses. We need to start to step up because we do have talented players, we just didn’t perform.”

Pressure is already building on new coach Tony Gustavsson, who followed up last week’s 5-2 defeat at the hands of Germany with this result.

“He needs to adjust, I think he needs to change something – because it’s just not good enough,” Heyman said.

“We’re a quality team, and we want to be gold medal contenders, we want to win the Olympics – and we will not be able to do that with that kind of performance so something has to change.”

Heyman highlighted Gustavsson’s implication from a few weeks ago that players who only played in the W-League would not be eligible for selection.

“I think there’s people out there that deserve the opportunity that currently aren’t in that team,” she said.

Western Sydney Wanderers player Georgia Yeoman-Dale agreed.

“It’s great to see that we have so many players playing overseas and trying to grow their football internationally, but that performance and the performance against Germany shows that not all those players are up to the standard that they need to be.”

Yeoman-Dale, who has been capped for the Matildas five times, said that if Australia wants to compete with the top nations, they won’t be able to do so with an ad hoc squad.

“You do have a lot of quality players who have stuck here and who have played in the W-League and who will continue to play football domestically.

“If we want to compete with the countries like Germany, like the Netherlands that are in that top of the FIFA rankings, then we need to be able to get our strongest side together.”

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