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Vietnam's women advance to 3rd round of 2020 Olympics Qualifiers after three wins

Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 15:47 GMT+7
Vietnam's women advance to 3rd round of 2020 Olympics Qualifiers after three wins
Vietnam players celebrate their second goal against Jordan during their Group B match at the 2020 Olympics second qualifying round in Uzbekistan on April 9, 2019. Photo: AFC

The Vietnamese women’s football team beat Jordan 2-0 in their final Group B match of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics second qualifying round in Uzbekistan on Tuesday to advance to the third stage of the campaign.

Vietnam enjoyed a comfortable spot ahead of this final game as they previously won 2-1 in both of their games against Hong Kong and Uzbekistan.

While the Vietnamese women easily took control of Tuesday’s match since the opening whistle, they missed at least five clear chances in the first half.

After the break, Vietnam continued to outplay the Jordanians, mostly under-20 players, with Nguyen Thi Van netting the opener in the 65th minute and Huynh Nhu doubling the lead only two minutes later.

Jordan were awarded a penalty in the 90th+1 minute but were unable to convert.

Tuesday’s victory enabled the Vietnamese women to top Group B with nine points after three wins, securing a ticket to compete in the third round of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Qualifiers.

The third qualifying round, slated to begin early next year, will see eight teams - Vietnam, Myanmar, Taiwan, Australia, North Korea, South Korea, China and Thailand - play in a round-robin format in two groups, with the top two teams from each group qualifying for the final round of Asian qualifiers.

In the final round, these last four teams will play two games each on a home-and-away basis to select two winners to join hosts Japan as the AFC (Asian Football Confederation) representatives at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

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