Australia send Zimbabwe packing

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Zimbabwe ended their Olympic campaign on a bitter note after being trounced 6-1 by Australia in their final match of Group F at the Arena Fonte Nova on Tuesday.

In the lead up to the match the captain of the Zimbabwe national women's side, Felistas Muzongondi, spoke of her pride at the strides the team had taken in managing to qualify for the Olympics and how it was finally affording the players the recognition they deserved.

They would have been disappointed with the result on the night, but still their country proud considering reports which suggested the players received just $50 per match at the Games.

From the kick off it was clear there would only be one winner on the night as Australia asserted themselves on the match from the off.

They grabbed hold of the ball and looked determined not to let it go as they accumulated 61% of the possession throughout the entire match.

The Matildas got off to a dream start with Lisa De Vanna putting them ahead in just the second minute and never looked back.

Clare Polkinghorne doubled their lead in the 15th minute before Alanna Kennedy added another 22 minutes later to give Australia a commanding 3-0 lead at the break.

Zimbabwe looked a bit better after half-time and even mustered their first shot on goal in the match soon after the restart but normal service resumed in the 50th minute as Kyah Simon made it 4-0.

Michelle Heyman put the result complete beyond doubt when she scored in the 55th minute before completing her brace 11 minutes later to bring the score to a resounding 6-0.

Msipa Emmalulate restored a margin of pride for the Zimbabweans as she grabbed a late consolation goal one minute into second-half stoppage time to end the match 6-1

The Mighty Warriors can perhaps consider themselves slightly fortunate the scoreline wasn't even worse as Australia totalled a staggering 27 attempts on goal with Zimbabwe goalkeeper Chido Dringirai pulling off a number of great saves.

In the end they will definitely feel disappointed to end the tournament on such a dour note, but there is no doubt they did their country proud and can hold their heads high on their trip back home.

The win leaves the Matildas in third place in Group F, still with a chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals but they need either Sweden or New Zealand to lose their final group games in order to make it through as one of the top third-placed finishers.

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