The Australian women’s football team was eliminated from the World Cup last year in a humiliating 6-1 defeat by the USA.
Since then, the Socceroos have won four of their six matches and now sit seventh in Group D. A win over Mexico would clinch the Aussies a place in next year’s tournament.
But the Socceros have lost two of their past three matches against the Mexicans.
Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou said his team was focused on playing their best football against Mexico, but he also admitted that the team was missing a key player.
“We’ve had a lot of injuries in the team and a lot is down to the injuries that we’ve had,” Postecog said.
“It’s been a tough time for the players, but at the same time we’ve played very well and it’s going to be an interesting group of matches and we have to play our best football.”
Postecogs side has also had to battle the effects of a new virus.
In March, the Aussie men’s team was rocked by a rare coronavirus infection, which forced the team to postpone their World Cup qualifiers in England.
Australia’s two-match winning streak in the World Series has been snapped, but Postecogny said the team is focusing on the rest of the tournament.
“The game is not over yet,” he said.