Australia thrash Vietnam, eyes turn to Japan


It took a super hot Matildas only 44 minutes to put the ruling AFC Asian Cup title owner Japan in serious danger of giving up its 2014 crown well before last week.

Now everything in Australia is going to be done, not losing weight against Japanese on Friday.

Australia belied Vietnam 8-0 at Amman Stadium in the second match in Group B was the best possible psychological warning that Matildas could issue Japan before their last group match of the AFC Asian Cup in the same place.

Australia now passes Group B with four points – equal to Japan – but with a four-goal goal better.

Australia's big victory has eliminated any chance that Matildas will be wiped out of a head-to-main record with Japanese if the two nations happen to be tied to points at the end of the group stage after Japan beat Vietnam 4-0 in last weekend.

With Japan, a well-organized South Korean side was held in the former group B clash. A drawing is now good enough for Australia to eradicate Japan from the last four of the Asian cups – as Vietnam does not cause disturbance by beat Korea in its last game.

South Korea can also beat top spot with a big win over the group's B Monday on Friday if Australia share the points with Japan as both matches start off at the same time.

A Matildas winner will win top spot and avoid a meeting with Group A leader China in the semifinals. 19659003] However, a loss of a matilda can throw everything into chaos.

Australia was good for a very cool evening, heading for mid-term refreshments with an easy 5-0 leadership – already scored a goal more than Japan in overall positions – after Kyah Simon drove the first dagger in Vietnamese hearts .

She was at the end of the brilliant combination game between Chloe Lagarzo and Sam Kerr before he slipped the ball home in the seventh minute.

Alanna Kennedy scored 2-0 with a perfect header from a sw eating Elise Kellond-Knight corner 11 minutes later before Lagarzo made it 3-0 21 minutes.

With Vietnam unable to offer anything more than an occasional unstructured counterattack, Matildas pressured on before Emily van Egmond dribbled Vietnam's forward-looking goalkeeper Khong Thi Hang in the 28th minute – a goal that alerted Japan when Australia tied the difference with the Japanese.

Kerr then finished another nice Matilda's movement 44 minutes with an excellent head from an Kennedy cross to give Matildas a magnificent five goal buffer.

It was also a big night for the most described players Alex Chidiac, 19, and Ellie Carpenter, 17.

The couple made their tournament debut as coach Alen Stajcic – as promised – made seven changes to start II that drew 0-0 with South Korea on Sunday.

Chidiac had a golden chance of her first Asian Cup goal when Kerr took over the Vietnamese defense before delivering a square ball inside the box, but Adelaide United's playmaker's 6m shot was blocked by the underdog's desperation in the 15th minute.

After the refreshments Kerr hit her second goal and hit the ball home with her left start from 7m after Vietnam failed to clear a liquid Matildas cross to a 6-0 score.

With Stajcic obviously kept keeping his key players fresh for Friday's collisions Kerr and Van Egmond ended their shift to Katrina Gorry and Hayley Raso just before the hour.

The changes did little to affect the momentum when Raso inside the six yard box caused mass panic when a clearing ball ended up with another perfect Kellond-Knight corner in the 71th minute.

Carpenter combined with Chidiac before the playmaker fled in a nice cross, as Raso was finished from spot gloss four minutes later.

AFC Asian Cup – Group B


Matildas 8 (Kyah Simon 7m, Alanna Kennedy 18m, Chloe Logarzo 21m, Emily Van Egmond 28m, Sam Kerr 44m, 51m, OG 71m, Hayley Raso 75m) Vietnam 0 at Amman Stadium – Judge: Edita Mirabidova (Uzbekistan)

Other Group B matches

South Korea 0 Japan 0 at Amman Stadium – Referee: Qin Liang (China)

Group B positions after two rounds

1. Australia 4 points (goal)

2. Japan 4 points (+4 goals)

3. South Korea 2 (0 goals)

4. Vietnam 0 (- 12 goals)



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