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Australia look to third place in Women's Asian Cup

Australia's hopes of winning the tournament were quashed by Asia's top-ranked team North Korea on Thursday and the match will be a chance to get square with Japan who beat the Matildas in the final group match.

"We will be looking to finish the tournament on a high and finish third in the tournament which should be considered a success given the disruption in the squad," said Sermanni.

"There have been up to ten changes from the squad that we had at the World Cup and in that context I am pleased with our progression in several areas.

"Aside from the players that are missing our preparation has been hampered by a lack of continuity with players dropping out at regular intervals in the build-up for this tournament.

"Ultimately we are rebuilding and trying to develop some momentum towards the next World Cup which is a lengthy process.

"I am quite excited though by the young talent and prospects that we have coming through giving us a strong base and we have every reason to optimistic.

"The young players will benefit greatly from the experience from this tournament, but they will have to learn that at this level lapses of concentration are punished.

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