Barbieri alongside Bresciano as she eyes Nigeria clash

Australia goalkeeper Melissa Barbieri joined Socceroo Mark Bresciano for number of World Cup appearances and hopes she can hold onto her spot for the Matildas' clash against Nigeria.

Barbieri, 35, was a surprise starter in Australia's 3-1 loss to United States at the Women's World Cup on Tuesday (AEST).

The appearance was her ninth at the World Cup, drawing level with Bresciano – who has made the most by an Australian male footballer.

"It's very special. I mean I've always looked up to those footballers for a long time because we never had women's footballers on the TV," Barbieri said.

"Hopefully I can be a role model for those younger girls now knowing what they can achieve as a female footballer."

She still has work to do if she is to become the all-time leader for Australia, with Cheryl Salisbury (12), Heather Garriock (11) and Dianne Alagich (10) ahead of her.

Barbieri hopes to regain her spot for Saturday morning's meeting with Nigeria, with number one Lydia Williams battling a thigh injury.

"I'm ready. Whatever happens, I'm ready," she said.

"I'm not in charge of this team, I put my best foot forward in training and in games and then I leave the decision making up to them. That's the hard part."

Barbieri talked up the Matildas' chances of progressing from Group D despite the loss to USA.

She told Australia to take inspiration from 2010 men's world champions Spain, who were beaten in their opening game before winning the title.

"I keep bringing up the fact that Spain lost their first game to Switzerland and then won the World Cup," Barbieri said.

"This is by no means our tournament over at all. It's a trip, but it's certainly not a trip over. We'll stand back up. We'll hold our feet and we'll look to Nigeria and Sweden and look for six points."