NO FEAR: Matildas coach Alen Stajcic during a training session at the Parque Sao Jorge Stadium in Sao Paulo.
NO FEAR: Matildas coach Alen Stajcic during a training session at the Parque Sao Jorge Stadium in Sao Paulo. SUPPLIED

Home crowd holds no fear for Matildas

FOOTBALL: The Matildas will face a fired-up Brazil team and a hostile home crowd in a quarter-final of the women's football competition tomorrow (11am AEST).

For Australia, the quality of their opponent is just one of their considerations.

Australian coach Alen Stajcic (pictured) isn't daunted by a patriotic home crowd at the 60,000-capacity Mineirao stadium.

"The bigger the crowd for me, the better,” he said.

"Obviously we know they'll be cheering for Brazil and supporting Brazil, but the bigger the crowd the better for us. Whether it's an advantage or a disadvantage, it doesn't matter, at the end of the day the crowd are here to support the game and they don't play the game.

"On the field it's 11 v 11 and that's the main thing.”

Brazil was unbeaten in Group E, with a draw against South Africa its only blemish.

The Matildas finished third in Group F after a loss to Canada, a draw with Germany and a 6-1 thumping of Zimbabwe.

Australia has never appeared at the semi-final stage of an Olympic Games women's football tournament, while Brazil has claimed silver twice - in 2004 and 2008.


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