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Matildas draw 1-1 with NZ

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 7/06/2016 John Salvado
Katie Duncan of New Zealand and Lisa De Vanna of Australia compete for the ball during the Women's International Friendly match between the Australia Matildas and the New Zealand Football Ferns. © Getty Images Katie Duncan of New Zealand and Lisa De Vanna of Australia compete for the ball during the Women's International Friendly match between the Australia Matildas and the New Zealand Football Ferns.

Veteran striker Lisa De Vanna has scored a spectacular equaliser for the Matildas to draw 1-1 with New Zealand in the women's soccer international at Etihad Stadium.

The Australian skipper's timely goal came on Tuesday in the 73rd minute, just eight minutes after Katie Bowen had put the Football Ferns ahead with a brilliant strike at the other end.

Eight years ago, Bowen made New Zealand history when she won her first full international cap as a 14-year-old.

After a mostly tame first half between two sides preparing for the Rio Olympics, the match came alive after the interval.

New Zealand went close to breaking the deadlock in the 55th minute, when Abby Erceg smashed a header into the crossbar.

The visitors also had a confident appeal for handball turned down shortly afterwards.

Bowen opened the scoring in the 65th minute with her first international goal - a first-time shot from outside the area which left Matildas goalkeeper Lydia Williams grasping at air.

De Vanna's 39th goal for the Matildas was also an eye-catching one as she curled a left-footed shot inside the left upright.

Australia had won the opening match of the two-game series 2-0 in Ballarat on Saturday, with both goals coming from Caitlin Foord.

Matildas coach Alen Stajcic will name his 18-strong squad on July 2 for the Rio Olympics.

Three days later, they fly out to Brazil for a final pre-Games training camp.

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