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Matildas brace for Brazil friendly

  • Matildas brace for Brazil friendly

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 07: Australia pose during the Women's International Friendly match between the Australia Matildas and the New Zealand Football Ferns at Etihad Stadium on June 7, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

After a scratchy start to a pre-Olympics camp, Matildas coach Alen Stajcic wants to see some polish against Brazil in their looming international friendly.

The Matildas meet the Brazilians in Fortaleza on Saturday (Sunday AEST) before their Olympic Games campaign begins on August 3 against Canada.

Stajcic says the result against Brazil isn't important - but plenty of other things are.

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"The result isn't important, it's certainly more important what we get out of it in terms of our preparation for the game against Canada," he told AAP from Fortaleza.

"So it will be different combinations, getting people in form, getting players match fit - all those things take precedence over the result.

"We are certainly taking a lot of objectives we want to achieve into the game."

The Matildas, ranked fifth in the world, have been based in Fortaleza, in Brazil's north-east, for the past week.

"It has been tough adjusting to the 13 hour time difference and the climate," Stajcic said.

"Most of our home-based players have come from training in Canberra in three, four degrees to 30 degrees here every day.

"A lot of players have started off a bit scratchy ... but everyone is really starting the gel over the last three or five days and we're really coming together as a group."

Stajcic plans to give 17 players in his 18-strong squad a hit out against the eighth-ranked Brazilians in a friendly expected to attract about 10,000 spectators.

"We have been working on all our patterns or play and our structures and we want to see that come out against Brazil," he said.

"We also want to see if there's any weaknesses that we can work on as we move forward over the next 10 days."

The friendly is due to kickoff Saturday 4pm local time (Sunday 5am AEST).

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