Phạm Tuấn Hải (proper) challenges Australia’s Aaron Mooy on Thursday night. — Photograph bongdaplus.vn
Anh Đức & Peter Cowan
MELBOURNE — Việt Nam fell to an emphatic 4-0 defeat to Australia in World Cup qualification on Thursday in Melbourne, mathematically ending their faint goals of successful a ticket to the Qatar finals later this 12 months.
Coach Park Dangle-seo named a much-changed beginning 11, with a mix of COVID-enforced absences, suspensions and a need to shake issues up after six straight defeats resulting in the adjustments.
Phạm Xuân Mạnh, Lê Văn Xuân and Phạm Tuấn Hải all acquired their first senior begins, whereas Đỗ Hùng Dũng returned as captain after his horrific leg break in March 2021.
Việt Nam have been nonetheless in search of their first factors within the third spherical, whereas Australia have been determined for a win to take one of many two computerized spots in Qatar and keep away from a playoff.
The Socceroos dominated from the get-go as Tom Rogic fired residence inside 30 seconds after Việt Nam gave the ball away, however the purpose was disallowed by VAR as his teammate Jackson Irvine was discovered to have been in an offside place.
Việt Nam’s defence was underneath intense strain after the disallowed purpose, and so they lastly collapsed within the thirtieth minute when 2021 A-League prime scorer Jamie Maclaren headed in an exquisite cross from Tom Rogic.
Việt Nam scrambled for the equaliser and had half-chances contained in the field, however have been hit on the counter within the ultimate minutes of the half as Rogic made up for the disallowed purpose to place the Socceroos 2-0 up earlier than the break.
Coach Park introduced on three half-time substitutions as Nguyễn Thành Chung, Nguyễn Hoàng Đức and Nguyễn Công Phượng changed Lê Văn Xuân, Lương Xuân Trường and Phan Văn Đức.
The adjustments and a swap to a excessive urgent fashion meant Việt Nam have been capable of put Australia underneath strain because the rain poured down on the Melbourne Rectangular within the early elements of the second half.
Possibilities did come for the Golden Star Warriors, however Phượng and Chung wasted first rate alternatives and Australia hit again.
Within the 72 minute, goalkeeper Mat Ryan punted the ball lengthy for Craig Goodwin to sneak previous the Vietnamese defence and rating the third purpose for Australia.
An exhausted Việt Nam gave the ball away solely 4 minutes later, and Riley McGree capitalised with an effort from exterior the field to place the gloss on the scoreline.
Park and his gamers will now return residence to Hà Nội for a match towards China on Tuesday, with nothing to play for however pleasure and bragging rights. — VNS