Rhyan Grant’s header earned Australia back-to-back victories within the closing section of Asia’s World Cup preliminaries as Graham Arnold’s facet defeated Vietnam 1-0 on Tuesday and South Korea secured three factors with a 1-0 win over Lebanon.
The Socceroos adopted up their snug win over China on Thursday with a workmanlike efficiency in Hanoi to keep up their excellent begin to the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
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Australia’s tenth successive win in all phases of qualifying moved them to 6 factors on high of the Group B standings.
Australia are aiming to progress to a fifth straight World Cup — and sixth in complete — with the primary two groups in every of Asia’s two qualifying teams advancing routinely to the finals in Qatar.
Grant scored the winner two minutes earlier than half-time when Ajdin Hrustic’s ball swung over the Vietnamese defence and the unmarked Sydney FC defender headed throughout Dang Van Lam and into the nook.
The objective got here after Vietnam’s Nguyen Quang Hai squandered an early alternative, failing to point out the accuracy that allowed him to internet in his facet’s loss to Saudi Arabia final week.
Grant lower a relieved determine within the twenty ninth minute when referee Abdulrahman Al Jassim determined to not award the house facet a penalty after Nguyen Phong Hong Duy’s shot struck him on the arm.
Mitchell Duke thought he had given Australia a scarcely deserved second late within the recreation, just for his effort to be dominated out for offside.
The South Koreans, in the meantime, secured their first win in Group B as Paulo Bento’s facet noticed off Lebanon in Suwon.