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The Matildas step towards Olympic with a 9-0 win over Vietnam

The Matildas were always in control of their encounter against the outclassed south-east Asians as a Kyah Simon treble helped the Aussies to a 5-0 half-time lead in Osaka.

The Matildas did not miss a beat, playing with confidence and fluency throughout.
All three substitutes - Ashleigh Sykes, Michelle Heyman and Clare Polkinghorne - got on the scoresheet as did Emily Gielnik, Alanna Kennedy and Emily Van Egmond.

Australia sits clear at the top of the six-team standings, ahead of China who drew 1-1 against North Korea.

Hosts Japan again stumbled after their opening 3-1 loss against Australia, this time conceding a late goal to draw 1-1 against South Korea.

China, one of Australia's main challengers for the two Rio tickets, could only manage a 2-0 win against Vietnam on Monday, and Matildas captain Polkinghorne says building goal difference was an objective for the Australian team going into the match.

"We finished a lot of chances and the goal difference is something we have talked about so to get nine on the board was a good outcome for us," Polkinghorne said.

"Going into games like this can be tough because you know the opposition is going to be defensively orientated. It can take a lot of combination play and patience to get through the defence."


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