Captain Kerr leads Matildas to Cup of Nations thrashing of South Korea

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The superstar scored her first goals as skipper to help set up the win

Sam Kerr's first-half brace has led the Matildas to a crushing 4-1 victory over South Korea in the Cup of Nations at Suncorp Stadium.

Fresh from a 2-0 win over New Zealand on Thursday, the Matildas continued their form resurgence under new boss Ante Milicic, scoring the opening goal through Kerr on five minutes.

The Australian captain earned a penalty and converted the spot kick comfortably but should not got the decision in her favour because she came from an offside position.

Korea managed to fight back seven minutes later with Chelsea star Ji -So-yun  curling a superb free kick past Mackenzie Arnold after Ellie Carpenter's clumsy foul on the edge of the area.

The away side had a pair of chances to take the lead in the 35th minute, with Laura Alleway making a brilliant block to deny Son Hwa-Yeon while Lim Seon-Joo nodded a cross wide with the net vacant as Arnold came for the ball.

However the Matildas snatched the lead back shortly after as Lisa De Vanna tapped into an empty net after Tameka Butt's shot was saved by Kim Jung-Mi.

Kerr then stepped on the cusp of half time to get the crucial third goal, intercepting a back pass and running through to score past Kim, who got a strong hand on the shot but not enough to deflect it wide.

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Milicic rotated his squad in the second half with Princess Ibini impressing immensely and unlucky to score on a number of occasions.

Fellow substitute Emily Gielnik rounded off the win with a unstoppable shot from a tight angle to complete a brilliant night for the Matildas in Brisbane.

The Aussie girls will have a few days respite before facing Argentina in Melbourne on Wednesday in their final Cup of Nations match.

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