Australia’s women soccer team scored a convincing victory in their opening match of the Asian World Cup qualifiers.
Their two-nil result over Vietnam sets the Matildas on a solid footing to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Germany.
Jessica Seittenranta reports.
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The determined Australians wasted little time in ensuring their opening match ended in victory putting the Vietnamese under constant pressure.
Leena Khamis got the scoring started midway through the first half to get the tournament off to a perfect start.
Kylie Ledbrook calmly secured victory with a penalty early in the second.
Their next challenge is against the Korea Republic tomorrow afternoon- and a win will see them through to the semi-finals.
The top three teams secure a place in next year’s competition.
Meanwhile in Melbourne, the Socceroos are preparing for next month’s World Cup despite some injury concerns.
Mark Bresciano, Socceroos Midfielder: “Well my fitness is pretty good, I’m into full training now, just wanna concentrate on getting myself right and playing in the world cup.”
Key players are still completing training sessions with one more tonight before a friendly face off with New Zealand on Monday.
Jessica Seittenranta, QUT News