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Lisa De Vanna stars as Matildas thrash Thailand in Asian Cup warm-up

Lisa De Vanna scores the first of her two goals against Thailand.

Lisa De Vanna scored a double as the Matildas warmed up for their Asian Cup campaign with a 5-0 win over Thailand in Perth on Monday.

De Vanna scored either side of half-time, with Chloe Logarzo, Alex Chidiac and Larissa Crummer also on the scoresheet in front of 7,549 fans at nib stadium.

Hometown hero Sam Kerr came close to scoring on several occasions but could not find the finishing touch before being substituted in the 55th minute.

De Vanna missed two golden chances from point-blank range in the opening 40 minutes, but struck in the 42nd minute when she volleyed home from close range.

She also set up Logarzo's headed goal two minutes later with a whipped cross.

De Vanna scored the goal of the match in the 52nd minute when she combined with Kerr for a beautiful one-two before firing home.

The win gave the Matildas a timely confidence boost as they attempt to win the Asian Cup for the second time after success in 2010.

They will enter the tournament in Jordan as favourites following a stunning 12 months that saw them rise to fourth in the world, although they slipped to sixth over the weekend following a rankings update.

They will face Japan, South Korea and Vietnam during the group stage of the Asian Cup and need to finish in the top five to earn a place at the 2019 World Cup in France.


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