Olyroo Ryan Edwards says their second group game against Vietnam is a must-win after the Aussies were beaten by UAE in the opening group match of the AFC U-23 Championships in Doha.
Aurelio Vidmar’s side was dealt a blow on their Road to Rio losing 1-0 to the UAE on Friday morning (AEDT), with a heart-breaking late own-goal deciding the dour contest.
With Vietnam going down 3-1 to Jordan in the other opening match clash in Group D, Sunday’s meeting between Australia and the Vietnamese shapes as a must-win for both sides.
“We’ve just got to look ahead and focus on Vietnam because they had a loss [3-1] against Jordan today in our group so we’ll look at their game and ours and work out how we’re going to get three points,” Edwards told RSN Radio.
“It’s three Cup finals really and we lost the first one today so we have to go again.
“It’s a massive game against Vietnam, they lost today, we lost today, so it’s a must-win for both teams to stay in the group and go into the third game, so hopefully it’s a positive for us.”
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