The Matildas are going to Rio following a punishing 2-1 victory against North Korea.

In a match touted as Australia’s chance to cement a place at the Rio Olympics, expectations were high.

North Korea had even more was riding on this match, needing a win to keep their dream alive following China’s win over South Korea earlier in the day.

The first 10 minutes of the game were characterised by a plethora of attacking, fast football with Australia looking perhaps nervous under the pressure of DPR Korea’s high press football.

Matildas custodian Lydia Williams displayed her immense value 10 minutes into the first half, saving a rocket one touch shot from Kim Yun Mi.

That was followed shortly afterwards by a heavy clash in the box with Kim Un Ha, Clare Polkinghorne and Laura Alleway colliding, leaving Un Ha and Polkinghorne requiring treatment and heavy bandaging on their heads.

A superb cut back from Caitlin Foord on the goal line in the 18th minute wrong footed Katrina Gorry and eluded the North Korean defenders before Michelle Heyman’s perfectly measured shot on goal found it’s mark, giving the Matildas the all important lead.

With the referee reluctant to blow the whistle and control the match, play became dangerous and the yellow cards finally flew.

Kim Nam Hui was the first to receive one with Logarzo’s remonstration earning her one immediately after.

Heading into the half time break, North Korea managed plenty of possession but were unable to finish in their final third whilst Australia kept their composure and structure.

The second half saw Australia a bit more settled, whilst North Korea frantically created more chances to equalise but Williams proved impenetrable, dominating in goal.

With plenty of entertaining end to end football showcasing the excellent fitness of both teams, North Korea eventually levelled via a stunning equaliser from Kim Su Gyong in the 78th minute.

The match looked to be heading to a 1-1 draw before Katrina Gorry cracked onto a clever lay off from Foord, smacking the ball into the back of the net, giving the Matildas the win and a chance to continue the dream.

We’re going to Rio!