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Kerr on target again as Australia rout Vietnam to earn ticket to Olympic

Thursday, March 12, 2020, 09:44 GMT+7
Kerr on target again as Australia rout Vietnam to earn ticket to Olympic
Australia's Sam Kerr celebrates scoring their first goal before it was disallowed after a VAR review at the Women's World Cup - Round of 16 - Norway v Australia - Allianz Riviera, Nice, France - June 22, 2019. Photo: Reuters

HONG KONG -- Australia sealed their place in the Tokyo Olympics’ women’s football tournament on Wednesday as a 2-1 away win over Vietnam completed a 7-1 aggregate victory. 

Ante Milicic’s side had all but guaranteed their progress to the finals following a 5-0 first leg win in Australia last week and Sam Kerr, who scored twice in the opening meeting, was on target again to put the outcome beyond doubt.

The Chelsea striker side-footed a volley home 15 minutes into the first half and, 12 minutes later, set up Hayley Raso to stroke home Australia’s second. 

Chloe Logarzo missed the opportunity to further increase Australia’s lead from the penalty spot before the break, while Huynh Nhu’s effort 10 minutes into the second half was little more than a consolation for the outclassed Vietnamese. 

Vietnam's Huynh Nhu (R) hugs a teammate after scoring their first-ever goal against Australia in their second-leg play-off for a ticket to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics women’s football tournament in Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam, March 11, 2020. Photo: Nam Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam's Huynh Nhu (R) hugs a teammate after scoring their first-ever goal against Australia in their second-leg play-off for a ticket to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics women’s football tournament in Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam, March 11, 2020. Photo: Nam Khanh / Tuoi Tre

The Matildas join hosts Japan in representing the Asian Football Confederation at the 12-team Olympic tournament during the summer.

They will be joined by the winners of the playoff between South Korea and China, which will be played in June.

Reuters

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