Matildas cruise past Vietnam

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Generally, the report on an 8-0 victory would be met with great platitudes of dominant possession, ruthless finishing and all the other hallmarks of a well-oiled footballing machine, but I might skip those in relation to the Matildas’ triumph over Vietnam early this morning in Amman.

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Don’t get me wrong, this was not a poor performance by any stretch however it was more par for the course for a Matildas side that included 7 changes to the starting XI which drew 0-0 with South Korea in the opening game.

One of those changes, Kyah Simon, got the ball rolling with a coolly placed finish after just 8 minutes before another fresh face in the starting line-up, Alanna Kennedy, used her height advantage to head home from a corner just 10 minutes later.

The rest of the half continued in this vein with Chloe Logarzo, Emily Van Egmond and Sam Kerr all getting their names on the scoresheet however with the game more reminiscent of an early 2000’s clash between the Socceroos and a pacific island nation, pedantry was welcome. A lack of fluency and cohesion culminated in numerous offsides and stray final balls which protected the scoreline somewhat.

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The second half saw Vietnam push a little harder and pull the Australians down to their tempo although some poor defending gifted Sam Kerr a second and the Matildas an own goal. A nice run from Alex Chidiac set up substitute Hayley Raso for the 8th and final goal with Chidiac one of Australia’s most impressive on the night along with Alanna Kennedy and Elise Kellond-Knight. A late chance from a Vietnamese short corner a long with a slow final 15 minutes were slightly less positive.

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What have we learnt from all this? Probably not a lot. The Matildas put 8 goals past a Vietnam side they have recently put 9 and 11 past and did so with a host of key players either not playing or only having limited game time. With Japan on Friday night I suspect we’ll learn a lot more about where we really are but for now, 8-0 is simply good.

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