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.
Tokyo 2020 - Play-off 2nd Leg: Australia seal Olympic berth
Quang Ninh: Australia sealed their place in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics women’s football tournament, beating Vietnam 2-1 on the night, and 7-1 on aggregate, to complete a convincing qualifying campaign at Cam Pha Stadium on Wednesday.
Early goals from Sam Kerr and Hayley Raso, added to Australia’s 5-0 first leg lead, before Vietnamese skipper Huynh Nhu produced a moment for the hosts to savour by spectacularly lobbing Lydia Williams from distance 10 minutes after the interval.
The Matildas win means Australia will be represented in both men’s and women’s football at an Olympic Games for the first time since 2004, with China PR and Korea Republic to compete for the final Asian ticket to Tokyo 2020 in the coming months.
Seoul: AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 winners Korea Republic made a triumphant return home on Tuesday.
On top of their Continental triumph, the young Taeguk Warriors also confirmed their place in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, alongside Saudi Arabia, Australia and hosts Japan.
Korea Republic and Saudi Arabia had bagged their tickets to the Olympics after reaching the final, which the East Asians won 1-0, courtesy of Jeong Tae-wook's extra time header to complete their tournament with a perfect record of six wins.
We’ve got to keep working, says Australia hero D’Agostino
Bangkok: Nicholas D’Agostino has urged Australia to keep working hard after his strike against Uzbekistan in the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 third place play-off match took the Olyroos to the Tokyo Olympics.
D’Agostino’s solo run in the 47th minute proved to be the difference as Australia won 1-0 at the Rajamangala Stadium on Saturday to join Korea Republic, Saudi Arabia and hosts Japan as Asia’s representatives at Tokyo 2020.