A strong second-half fightback wasn't enough for Australia, as it lost 1-0 to world champions Japan in the Asian Cup women's football final in Vietnam on Sunday.
Defending champions Australia created most of the chances in the second half, but couldn't find the touch that resulted in nine goals in its four previous games.
Japan had lost each of its four previous Asian Cup finals.
Australia's Emily van Egmond battles for the ball with Japan's Yumi Kawamura. Photo: AP
Azusa Iwashimizu broke that drought by scoring the only goal in the 28th minute, from a well executed corner variation.
She headed in at the back post from close range, as Australia failed to deal with a teasing cross from Rumi Utsugi.
Australia failed to capitalise on three early chances before Japan had a meaningful attempt.
Japan's Azusa Iwashimizu, centre, scores the winner. Photo: AP
Recalled Sam Kerr blasted over the crossbar from seven metres after just 30 seconds and had a half chance a few minutes later following a misdirected backpass.
Michelle Heyman headed straight at the goalkeeper following a flowing multi-pass move.
Iwashimuzu's goal came during a spell of sustained pressure from Japan, during which the Matildas struggled to get the ball out of their own half.
Megumi Takasae had two attempts saved by Matildas goalkeeper Lydia Williams, as Japan dominated the middle of the half, with Australia guilty of turning possession over too easily and conceding a number of free kicks.
The Matildas rallied in the last few minutes before halftime and Lisa De Vanna had a half chance in the first few moments of the second half.
Heyman fired in a strong 20-metre shot and twice just failed to make contact a few metres out.
Yuri Kawamura blazed over from a corner and Yuika Sugasawa crashed a shot against the underside of the bar, before Australia turned up the pressure in the final quarter.
Kerr had a goal disallowed for offside, and De Vanna and Kerr also went close but a goal eluded the Matildas.