Kerr brace leads Matildas past Chile in front of record crowd


Sam Kerr has continued her incredible goalscoring run by netting both of Australia's goals in an unconvincing 2-1 friendly win over Chile.

Playing in front of a record domestic home crowd of 20,029 at Sydney's Bankwest Stadium, Kerr rewarded them on Saturday afternoon by scoring in each half.

Her brace means the Matildas' skipper has 40 goals in her past 40 games for either club - Perth in the W-League and Chicago in the NWSL - or country.

She also has 38 goals in green-and-gold, surpassing Cheryl Salisbury into third on the Matildas' goalscoring list.

But, playing in their first game since their disappointing June World Cup exit in France, Kerr's heroics failed to mask a frustrating afternoon in front of goal.

Australia's 16 shots on goal doubled that of their counterparts, and included a number of looks from point-blank range.

Their wastefulness left the door open for a Chilean comeback, which was given life when Camila Saez nodded home in the waning moments of the match.

However, the Matildas held on, and their two-game series with the world No.37 nation moves to Adelaide on Tuesday.

Coach Ante Milicic made three changes from the team, outed by Norway at the round-of-16 stage in Paris, including the debut of code-hopper Jenna McCormick.

The home side dominated from the kickoff, with Kerr driving home in just the third minute after Chile failed to clear a swinging Emily Van Egmond free kick.

The ball bounced up off Kerr's thigh, and the Europe-bound striker fired into the bottom right corner past a helpless Christiane Endler.

Kerr's presence was felt early.

She put one on a platter that Clare Polkinghorne fluffed inside the six-yard box, before Kerr had an airswing at a low Ellie Carpenter cross.

Chile weren't without their chances, and even put the ball in the net in the 13th minute from a Saez volley but was called back for offside.

Their best opportunity came in the 33rd minute when a sweeping movement parlayed into a Daniela Pardo effort from outside the box.

Her long-range shot flew past a diving Lydia Williams and just outside the post.

Playing against a deep Chilean defence, Australia found their groove in the second half but struggled to put away their chances.

Source AAP