The Matildas stats that show their dominance

The Rio-bound Matildas go into their final qualifying match against China tonight after an extraordinarily successful qualifying campaign in Osaka, as the Opta Stats show.

  • The Matildas have scored their 16 goals thus far from only 57 shots at goal, giving them a shot conversion rate of 30.2%.
  • Their two goals conceded came from 18 shots (11.1% conversion).
  • No player has been better in front of goal than Kyah Simon; the Matildas great has bagged four goals so far this tournament from just seven shots – an impressive shot conversion rate of 57.1%.

Kyah Simon

  • However no Australian has been more accurate than Katrina “Mini” Gorry, who has been on target with every one of her six shots at goal so far this tournament, and she’s managed to find the back of the net with half of them including that fabulous winner against DPR Korea on Monday night.
  • Getting the ball into the danger zone has been rising star Chloe Logarzo. The Matildas striker has played in all but one of her team’s victories this campaign and boasts a passing accuracy of 75% in opposition territory.
  • And when it comes to defensive effectiveness, defenders Stephanie Catley and Claire Polkinghorne have been crucially efficient; both players registering tackle success rates above 80% and making more than 10 tackles for the tournament thus far.

Westfield Matildas Kyah Simon and Steph Catley celebrate a goal against Vietnam.

  • Catley, from Melbourne City, also leads the team in interceptions and duel success having lost only three duels.
  • The Matildas have won nearly half of all duels contested and have missed fewer than 15% of their tackles.
  • And the Aussie women have scored in all but one 15-minute period so far (that only non-scoring period is the 15 minutes after half-time) and in no 15 minute period have they been outscored.

Pretty impressive.