A last minute Emily van Egmond penalty helped W-League glamour side Melbourne City collect a fortuitous 2-1 comeback win over Canberra United at McKellar Park.
The all-star City seemed set for a second successive draw to open the season before Van Egmond converted one of the last kicks of the game, after Yukari Kinga had been bundled over in the penalty area.
Canberra took the lead after impressive Brazilian Camila crashed a shot against the frame of the goal allowing American striker Katie Stengel to sweep home the rebound just on the hour mark.
The lead lasted just eight minutes as new signing Milica Mijatovic netted her first W-League goal, with the Serbian finishing coolly after an assist from evergreen Japanese midfielder Kinga.
Remarkably City fielded 10 internationals, including their three new Matildas signings in Aivi Luik, Emily van Egmond and Ellie Carpenter, the latter two lining up against their former club.
There was also a welcome return for Kyah Simon after a long injury absence which cost the Matildas' attacker a spot in the Women's World Cup squad.
The two sides proved well match throughout the 90 minutes in the nation's capital, despite the apparent disparity on paper.
Canberra's international imports impressed, especially Camila and American attacker Simone Charley, suggesting last season's disappointing campaign will soon be a distant memory.
Carpenter impressed for City, as did Steph Catley on her 50th appearance for the club, while Kinga's role in the two goals was decisive.
Despite their big-name roster, Melbourne City finished fifth last season to miss the semi-finals for the first time in their four-season history.
Champions Sydney FC sit top of the standings ahead of Western Sydney Wanderers on goal difference after the Sky Blues edged a 1-0 win over Adelaide United on Friday.
Caitlin Foord's lone second-half goal ensured Sydney FC made it two wins from two to start the season, though they rode their luck at times against a youthful Adelaide side.
In other action earlier in the round, the Wanderers saw off Newcastle Jets with a lone Amy Harrison penalty, while Melbourne Victory bounced back from an opening defeat with a 3-2 victory over Brisbane Roar.