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.
Quang Ninh: Vietnam’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifying play-off against Australia may have ended in defeat, but head coach Mai Duc Chung emerged a satisfied man after his side produced a much-improved performance in a 2-1 loss on Wednesday.
Beaten 5-0 in the first leg in Newcastle five days earlier, Vietnam looked to be headed for another heavy defeat when they went 2-0 down before the half-hour mark, but the Southeast Asians rallied after half-time, scoring a first ever goal against the Matildas via captain Huynh Nhu’s 55th minute strike from distance.
The 2-1 result was a far cry from the 8-0 defeat Vietnam suffered at the hands of Australia less than two years ago, and Duc Chung said his side’s showing was a testament to their spirit.
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.
SheBelieves Cup: White’s strike consigns Nadeshiko to defeat
Harrison: A late Ellen White goal gave England a much-needed win and consigned Olympic hosts Japan to a second successive defeat at the SheBelieves Cup in Harrison, New Jersey on Sunday.
White’s strike secured a 1-0 victory for Phil Neville’s side, putting Japan out of contention to win the round-robin tournament, which will conclude on Wednesday.
In an evenly fought match, Manchester City’s White emerged from the bench to convert the winner with seven minutes remaining, providing a much-needed boost for an English side which has won just two of their previous nine fixtures.
Orlando: Olympic hosts Japan suffered their first defeat since the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, losing 3-1 to Spain in their opening SheBelieves Cup fixture on Thursday.
Nadeshiko star Mana Iwabuchi scored a sensational volley to level the match just before half-time, but two second half goals from Spanish youngster Lucia Garcia sealed the match and ended Japan’s five-game winning streak.
Japan will look to bounce back in their second match against England on Sunday, before facing the World Number One United States in their final match on Wednesday.
In Thursday’s other match, goals from Christen Press and Carli Lloyd helped the United States to defeat England 2-0.
Good buildup will take China PR to Tokyo 2020, says skipper Wu
Sydney: A fully fit China PR will be confident of qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics by overcoming Korea Republic in a two-legged play-off next month, according to captain Wu Haiyan.
Having overcome all manner of obstacles to advance from Group B of the Final Round of the AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifiers in Sydney over the past week, the Steel Roses came within two minutes of securing top spot with a shock win over Australia.
A spirited, disciplined performance looked to have paid dividends when Tang Jiali put China ahead in the 86th minute, only for Emily van Egmond’s rocket in the third minute of added time saving the day for the hosts, whose draw was enough for them to top the group on goal difference.
Bell urges Korea Republic to remain focused for Play-offs
Jeju: Head coach Colin Bell wants his Korea Republic players to stay on their toes after the East Asians defeated Vietnam 3-0 to seal top spot in Group A of the AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament on Sunday.
The Taeguk Ladies found a way past an ultra defensive Vietnam with goals from Jang Sel-gi, Choo Hyo-joo and Ji So-yun to set up a date with the Group B runners-up in next month’s Play-offs.
Vietnam, who claimed second spot, will face the Group B winners with the triumphant teams from the Play-offs joining hosts Japan as Asia’s representatives at the 2020 Olympics.