2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup

Door to World Cup narrows as Vietnam lose to Australia

Wednesday, 2018-04-11 11:50:55
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Vietnam (in red) could not create surprise against Australia.
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NDO – Vietnam’s ambition for a first-ever World Cup berth received a strong blow after Mai Duc Chung’s side succumbed to a heavy 8-0 loss to Australia in their second Group B match of the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup at the Amman International Stadium on April 11.

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Ahead of the match, the Vietnamese team received news of a helpful result as Japan were held to a goalless draw by the Republic of Korea. The outcome of that game meant a positive result against Australia would bring Mai Duc Chung and his players closer to their hopes of securing a World Cup place through the continental-level competition.

However, life proved to be less dreamlike for Vietnam, as Australia demonstrated absolute domination, scoring five unanswered goals (8’, 18’, 21’, 28’, and 44’) to take an insurmountable lead before half time.

After the break, Chung made several substitutions as he sought to reduce the deficit. The changes had hardly had time to settle when May Kerr continued to rub salt in Vietnam’s wounds as she bagged Australia’s sixth to complete her hat-trick in the 51st minute.

With time running out, Vietnam conceded two more goals for an overall 8-0 defeat.

Vietnam will play their last group match against the ROK at King Abdullah II Stadium on April 13. It is a must-win game for Mai Duc Chung’s side if they are to achieve a third-place finish in Group B and qualify for the playoff match with Group A’s third-place team for the AFC’s last World Cup ticket.