Qualifiers - Group H: Australia, Vietnam win again
Hanoi: Australia and Vietnam collected their second wins in Group H of the AFC U-16 Championship 2020 Qualifiers, defeating Macau and Mongolia respectively on Wednesday.
Both teams earned another three valuable points, with Australia beating Macau 3-0 while Vietnam scored a 7-0 win against Mongolia.
Vietnam and Australia sit on six points but the young Golden Dragons top the group on goal difference.
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Australia 3-0 Macau
Three first half goals laid the foundation for Australia's win at the YFTC Field No.3 in Hanoi as they added another three points to that collected after having beaten Mongolia 2-1 in their opener.
Nathan Nguyen opened the scoring in the ninth minute as Australia took full control of the match.
Macau, who had suffered back-to-back losses to Mongolia and Timor-Leste earlier, paid a hefty price for a defensive mistake three minutes from the half-hour mark when skipper Leong Chon Kit booted the ball into his own goalmouth.
There was to be a third for Australia as Nguyen scored his second of the evening a minute before the half-time break.
Macau head coach Che Chi Man made changes to his lineup as he tried to initiate a fightback but Australia kept a firm grip on proceedings to see the match out.
Macau will hope to end their Group H campaign on a high when they play hosts Vietnam on Friday, while Australia take on Timor-Leste.
Vietnam 7-0 Mongolia
Vietnam were relentless as they cruised past Mongolia 7-0.
Mongolia had won against Macau in their group opener but lost to Australia on Matchday Two, and needed to secure a win against Vietnam to put their campaign back on the track.
The East Asians, however, suffered a setback as Vietnam were awarded a penalty five minutes into the match, which captain Do Van Chi duly converted.
Seventeen minutes in, Mongolia's Ulziisaikhan Gankhuyag scored an own goal to further deepen Mongolia's woes and Vo Anh Quan then made it 3-0 in the 24th minute.
Substitute Cong Son came on in the 38th minute and within two minutes, the midfielder found the back of the net.
Vietnam continued to dictate the pace in the second half with Cai Van Quy and substitute Vu Dang Minh Tu etching their names on the scoresheet in the 74th and 75th minutes respectively.
Substitute Dam Duc Vinh then scored in the 80th minute to cap off an amazing night for Vietnam.
Photos: Vietnam Football Federation
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