Centre-back James Donachie and striker Jamie Maclaren scored in either half as Australia picked up their first points of the AFC U23 Championship with a 2-0 win over a hard-working Vietnam on Sunday at Grand Hamed Stadium.
The result means Vietnam have been eliminated from group stage in debut appearance in AFC U23 Championship. In spite of not good result, Vietnamese coach Toshiya Miura still expressed his satisfaction.
“In the first game we were not aggressive enough in the loss against Jordan. It was the first experience for some of the players and they were a little nervous, but we spoke about this today and we played more aggressively and we were much better than in the first game. We lost two goals from crosses and we know Australia are much taller than us,” said Vietnam coach Miura.
“We have lost two games and it is now quite difficult to go to the quarter-finals, but this is the first experience in the final round of Olympic qualifying and most of these players are under 20 years old and I hope for the future these young players get good experience.”
In the other game of group D last night, Jordan drew 0-0 with UAE.
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