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Matildas’ keeper still wary of depleted Japan

WORLD champion Japan will still be a huge threat at the Women's Asian Cup finals despite missing a few top stars says Matildas goalkeeper Lydia Williams.

Williams (pictured), who is based in the US with Washington Spirit said she was looking forward to clashing with the Japanese in their opening match of the tournament in Vietnam tomorrow night.

"It will be an interesting tournament, Japan are missing four or five of their players," she said.

"Their respective European clubs won't release them.

"They will still be a quality side, but their absence will leave significant gaps in Japan's strongest starting team."

Australia is reigning Asian Cup champion, which makes for a blockbuster clash between the two group heavyweights.

Australia is also in with host nation Vietnam and Jordan.


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