Latsko winner keeps Sydney FC's Championship defence alive
Melbourne: Veronica Latsko was Sydney FC’s hero after her early strike proved enough to down Melbourne Victory, 1-0, and put the defending W-League Champions back into the Grand Final.
The 24-year-old American striker showed her poacher’s instincts in the 14th minute to net her third goal of the season, a campaign which started late as she recovered from an ACL tear that forced her to spend six months on the sidelines.
After the Sky Blues took a slender lead into the sheds, Victory came out all guns blazing in the second half but the home side’s most dangerous threats – Natasha Dowie and Darian Jenkins – were kept shackled at Epping Stadium.
Ha Long: A prolific goal scorer, a national team leader and the star signing at one of the world’s biggest clubs, Sam Kerr draws attention on any football pitch she plays on.
With 34 international goals in the last 32 months, and a string of individual awards at club level thanks to her exploits with Australia’s Perth Glory and the US-based Chicago Red Stars, Kerr is already established as one of the world’s top strikers, but 2020 looms as an opportunity to break new ground.
ASEAN & East Domestic Wrap: Ho Chi Minh City FC move top
Kuala Lumpur: Defending V-League champions Hanoi FC suffered a first defeat of the season in Vietnam as Ho Chi Minh City FC won their second successive game to come out of the weekend as the only team with a 100% record.
Elsewhere in ASEAN, A-League leaders Sydney FC drew with Perth Glory, Malaysian champions Johor Darul Ta'zim were held at home and Persib Bandung maintained their lead at the top of Indonesia's Liga 1.
There was also plenty of action in Cambodia and Singapore while in East Asia there were FA Cup quarter-finals in Hong Kong and a pair of huge scores in Guam, so join the-AFC.com as we review the latest rounds of fixtures from the two regions.
Olympic qualification a dream come true for Australia’s Raso
Quang Ninh: Australia forward Hayley Raso revealed her delight at securing qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, declaring the achievement a dream come true after scoring in her side’s 7-1 aggregate win over Vietnam on Wednesday.
The pacey winger, who recently inked a deal with FA Women’s Super League outfit Everton, put the Matildas’ presence in April’s Tokyo 2020 draw beyond any doubt when she poked home a simple tap-in to make 2-0 on the night, and 7-0 on aggregate, in the 27th minute.
One of the few players in the Australian squad to have been absent from their travelling party for the Rio 2016 Games, Raso is now set to fulfill a long-held ambition by appearing at the Olympics.
Quang Ninh: Australia head coach Ante Milicic commended his players after they sealed their place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics by completing a 7-1 aggregate triumph with a 2-1 win over Vietnam on Wednesday.
The Matildas overcame a number of off-field complications, including playing Wednesday’s final match in a closed stadium due to Covid-19 precautions, but they were rarely tested on the pitch, going five games unbeaten to secure a second successive Olympic berth.