Matildas back in Brisbane on Cup of Nations mission

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The Matildas' strong contingent of Queenslanders will enjoy a return to action on home soil on Sunday when Brisbane hosts the side for the first time in five years.

Australia will face Korea Republic at Suncorp Stadium in what looms as the best match of the Cup of Nations.

The Matildas defeated New Zealand 2-0 on Thursday in Sydney, after Korea Republic belted an out-of-sorts Argentina 5-0 at the same ground.

Five Matildas in this squad were born in Queensland - mainstays Clare Polkinghorne, Elise Kellond-Knight, injury returnee Hayley Raso and back-up goalkeepers Mackenzie Arnold and Eliza Campbell.

Katrina Gorry, out injured, is another Queenslander, while Tameka Butt, Emily Gielnik, Laura Alleway and Aivi Luik all have honorary state citizenship after long tenures of service at Brisbane Roar.

The Matildas' maroon flavour is enhanced further by assistant coach Mel Andreatta, the current Roar coach.

"Half the team probably are from Queensland, there's heaps even from the Gold Coast. What's in the water, I don't know," Kellond-Knight said.

"It highlights how long we've been playing together. We all came through the same development pathway.

"Players like Clare Polkinghorne, Tameka Butt, we've been playing together since I was 14, that's a good 14 years together. A long time."

Kellond-Knight played in Australia's last outing in Brisbane, a 2-1 defeat of Brazil.

Kellond-Knight showed her dead-ball proficiency by setting up Australia's opener against Brazil with a corner that found Kate Gill's head to score.

Against New Zealand, the 28-year-old rattled the crossbar with a free-kick after convincing fellow set-piece specialist Alanna Kennedy to let her take the effort.

"We have a discussion on the ball each time. It's about who has a good feeling about the position of the ball and how we're feeling in the game," she said.

"If you're having a stinker you probably don't want to step up.

"It's so good to have a left and right footer there. It puts the goalkeeper in two minds. We're unpredictable."

Like captain Sam Kerr, Kellond-Knight was delighted with the first match under new coach Ante Milicic.

Kellond-Knight teamed with Butt and Emily van Egmond in a midfield three, rolling and swapping as they chose rather than sticking to a rigid structure.

"We felt like we were really energetic and felt free," she said.

"On the line-up I'm the six but then we have freedom to rotate within that.

"There weren't any restraints on how we wanted the three to function. It was so fun to play out there with the girls today."

Source AAP