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Australia barely raised a sweat in their opening qualifier against Chinese Tapei, with forwards Gill, Simon and de Vanna doing the damage

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Australia have begun their path to the EAFF East Asian Cup by thumping Chinese Taipei 7-0 in their opening qualifier in China on Tuesday.

The Matildas - under the tutelage of the Tom Sermanni for the last time, before the Scot takes charge of the United States women's team - had little trouble getting past their opponents, with strike trio Kate Gill, Lisa de Vanna and Kyah Simon claiming doubles.

Servet Uzunlar added a single strike as Australia coasted to victory, putting Sermanni's team well on the path to topping the group and subsequently earning a place at the finals in South Korea.

"I'm happy with the win and happy with the way the players went about the game plan that we set out for them," Sermanni said after the match.

"I'll give credit to Chinese Taipei, we thought they may have come out and really set up an eight-player defence, but they came out and actually tried to match us and tried to play.

"Getting two early goals really relieved the pressure and I was delighted the way the players saw out the ninety minutes."

The Matildas now turn their attention to their match with Hong Kong on Thursday, with Sermanni to change things up against a side trounced 6-0 by China.

China appear to be the biggest threat to the Matildas for the sole qualifying spot, and they already have one eye on their meeting on Saturday.

"What we will be doing is making a significant number of changes to the starting XI and hopefully putting out a team and a game plan that's going to be good enough to beat Hong Kong, at the same time, having a whole squad of players fresh for the Chinese game," he said.

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