Stajcic: 'We're still only halfway there'

Matildas coach Alen Stajcic has told his team it is "only halfway there" at the Women's World Cup ahead of Australia's clash against Japan.

Stajcic's side became the first Australian outfit to win a game in the knockout stages of the World Cup with their victory over Brazil in the last 16.

It has led to growing support for the Matildas, who on Sunday morning (AEST) can book their spot in the semi-finals.

But a determined Stajcic refuses to get carried away – and said there was still work for his team to do.

"We've heard a lot of reports about how much Australia is getting on board and getting behind the team, which is very pleasing," he said.

"But we're still only halfway there.

"We really want to finish the job off, we've done well to get to this point but we really want Australia to get behind us and we really want to test the world's best, and we've done that already, but we only think the job is half done."

Stajcic said he was likely to make a couple of changes to his starting XI, with star midfielder Katrina Gorry – who started on the bench against Brazil – sitting alongside him at the pre-match news conference.

A top of 31C is forecast for Edmonton on Saturday (Sunday AEST), but Stajcic said it would have no impact on the Matildas' approach.

"We've played in this hot weather before, and even hotter," he said.

"The last time we played Japan it was 37 degrees and a lot more humid than what it is here at the moment. We played Japan in Vietnam twice last year in those conditions and we played the same way.

"We've got a good level of fitness. We've got a good young team.

"I'd say we're probably the fittest team in the tournament at the moment and Japan are going to have to deal with a fit and fast Australia tomorrow."