Australia women’s footballers qualify for Tokyo 2020
Hanoi: Australia women’s football team qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics with a 2-1 win in Vietnam Wednesday, in a second leg playoff held behind closed doors because of coronavirus concerns.
The Matildas thrashed Vietnam 5-0 in the first leg last week at home and two first half goals gave them an aggregate 7-1 win.
Chelsea striker Sam Kerr scored the opener at the Cam Pha stadium in northern Quang Ninh province, before providing an assist to Everton winger Hayley Raso for the second.
The Matildas failed to extend the lead after Vietnam’s goalkeeper Tran Thi Kim Thanh saved a penalty kick by Chloe Logarzo.
The home side’s captain Huynh Nhu notched a consolidation goal in the 55th minute after she exploited a mistake from Australian defender Clare Polkinghorne.
A power outage interrupted the match for around 10 minutes just after play began.
Vietnam’s Football Federation last week decided to hold the game without any fans present because of “the complicated development of COVID-19 outbreak.” – AFP