There is perhaps no clearer measure of the post-match mood than their captain Sam Kerr's press conference. With the ball, Matilda dominated the team and finished 16th in the world. His high, mass press was more energetic and choreographed.
After Australia 5-2 loss to Germany last month Kerr was in a tight tangle of desperation largely silent seeing her team fall apart. He answered questions in short abrasive sentences barely controlling his anger.