Socceroos make winning start on Road to Russia as Matildas progress to the last 16

It was a successful morning for Australia’s national teams as both the men’s and women’s national teams picked up big results.

2018 World Cup Qualifier
Australia (2) Jedinak 2′, Oar 67′
Kyrgyzstan (1) Mirzailev 90+2′

Stunning backdrop to a fantastic match

                                                           Stunning backdrop to a fantastic match

Starting with the Socceroos, who began their long and winding road through Asia towards Russia 2018 with a tricky trip away to lowly ranked Kyrgyzstan in Bishkek, and came out 2-1 winners in what was a tough game.

Captain Mile Jedinak made it a dream start for the visitors with a his free kick beating the goalkeeper due to a bounce of a bumpy pitch after just 62 seconds.

Despite the early setback however, the home side began to play some good football, with the front third of Lux, Bernardt and Zemlianukhin at the heart of their best moments. If their finishing was better they could have been able to force Ryan into more work in goals.

Australia however withstood the surge of the Kyrgyzstanis before substitute Tommy Oar came in and scored the second goal midway through the second half to put the game away. The home side did get a goal back late on, perhaps via the use of a hand although I thought it was over the line anyway.

Up next for Australia is a home game against Bangladesh on September 3rd in Perth.

CHqulJfWEAANKFA2015 Women’s World Cup
Group D
Australia (1) DeVanna 5′
Sweden (1) Jakobsson 15′

Meanwhile in Canada this morning the Matildas booked their passage to the last 16 for the third successive time after they played out a 1-1 draw with Sweden.

Lisa DeVanna opened the scoring in just the fifth minute giving the girls a fantastic start to the game, before Sofia Jakobsson equalised on the quarter hour.

The vastly experienced European side pushed for the goal which would guarantee them a place in the knockout round, but a composed Australian side controlled the game to ensure they picked up the point they needed.

Australia will now meet Brazil on Sunday Canadian time in New Brunswick at the Montcon Stadium for a spot in the last eight.

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