Westfield Matildas in strong position for AFC Women's Asian Cup Semi-Finals

The Westfield Matildas are in a strong position to qualify for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup Semi-Finals following Wednesday’s huge win over Vietnam.

Alen Stajcic’s side recorded a thumping 8-0 victory in their second group fixture with Sam Kerr and Hayley Raso both netting braces.

In the other fixture on matchday two, Japan and Korea Republic played out a 0-0 draw.

WIN OR DRAW ENOUGH TO ADVANCE

Australia’s big win over Vietnam rocketed them to the top of the Group B standings, ahead of Japan on goal difference.

With the Matildas to face Japan in the final group game on Friday night (AEST), a win or a draw will be enough to secure a Semi-Final spot.

Should they achieve the desired result against Japan, Australia will also secure qualification for the 2019 FIFA World Cup in France.

WHAT A LOSS MEANS TO AUSTRALIA’S CHANCES

If Australia were to lose to Japan, progression would be dependent on the result of the other fixture between Korea Republic and Vietnam.

Should Korea win, as expected, that would relegate Australia to third and they would miss the Semi-Finals. 

They would then move into a playoff with the third-placed team in Group A for the fifth and final spot at the 2019 FIFA World Cup in France.