Australia’s two national football teams both recorded positive results on Tuesday night with the Socceroos claiming their opening World Cup qualifier against Kyrgyzstan and the Matildas progressing to the Round of 16 at the World Cup after recording a draw against Sweden.
Playing in front of a vocal home crowd in Bushkek, the Socceroos got their road to Russia 2018 off to the best possible start with Mile Jedinak scoring from a free-kick on the minute mark.
Thoughts that the scoreline could blow out were quickly dispelled however as Kyrgyzstan, ranked 177 in the world, put up strong resistance and were unlucky not to equalise having carved out several strong chances.
Instead substitute Tommy Oar gave the Asian Champions a two goal advantage when he slotted home from a tight angle after being picked out by Mark Milligan mid-way through the second-half.
Kyrgyzstan finally got the goal the home crowd craved, albeit under dubious circumstances, when they appeared to handle the ball over the line in extra-time.
The final score finished 2-1 to the Socceroos as they bid to qualify for a fourth consecutive World Cup.
Meanwhile the Matildas have finished second in their group at the Women’s World Cup being staged in Canada after they played out a 1-1 draw with Sweden.
The Aussies went into the match following a loss to the USA and a win over Nigeria, with the point enough to secure their passage to the Round of 16 where they’ll face Brazil.
Alen Stajcic’s side also got off to a great start with co-captian Lisa De Vanna scoring her seventh World Cup goal in the fifth minute to put the Matildas ahead.
De Vanna, who was also on target against the USA, was superbly picked out with a long pass from Laura Alleway, the striker charging onto the ball applying a cool finish in front of goal.
The world no.5 got themselves back in the match when they equalised 10 minutes later but neither side could find a winner, with the Aussies the beneficiaries of the result finishing all-square.
It was also a good night for fans of Korea Republic, with their men’s team recording a 2-0 win over Myanmar in their opening World Cup qualifier, while their women’s team will need to beat Spain tomorrow morning in order to keep their Cup hopes alive in Canada.
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