Qantas Under 23's Held By Vietnam
The Qantas Under 23s have been held to a scoreless draw overnight by the senior national team of host nation Vietnam at the Four Nation Tournament being played in Hanoi.
The Qantas Under 23s have been held to a scoreless draw overnight by the senior national team of host nation Vietnam at the Four Nation Tournament being played in Hanoi. The scoreline was a repeat of the opening match against Iran on Sunday and the Australians must now defeat Uzbekistan in the final match tomorrow to have any chance of overhauling Iran and winning the tournament.
Australia largely dominated the match in front of 20,000 spectators at the My Dinh Stadium with the Vietnamese goalkeeper Quang Huy voted player of the match having been kept busy throughout.
There were just two changes from the team which played against Iran with Nikolai Topor-Stanley and Nick Ward coming in for Spase Dilevski and David Micevski, with only striker Adam Casey unavailable with a hamstring complaint.
Australia had a number of chances in the opening half hour with Kristian Sarkies, Nikolai Topor-Stanley and Vince Lia all coming close to scoring. Perhaps the best chance falling to Ruben Zadkovich (pictured above) in the 18th minute who directed a close-range shot straight at the goalkeeper after Sarkies had provided an incisive ball into the penalty area.
The defensive trio of Mark Milligan, Jacob Timpano and Adrian Leijer were outstanding with Vietnam unable to create any significant openings around the Australian goal despite having a reasonable share of possession.
Substitute David Micevski appeared likely to break the deadlock in the final minutes of the match but his goalbound effort was inadvertently blocked close to goal.
Iran defeated Uzbekistan 2-0 in the earlier match. Iran now has four points, Australia and Vietnam two and Uzbekistan one.
Vietnam 0 Australia Under 23-s 0
Australian line-up: Danny Vukovic (gk); Mark Milligan, Jacob Timpano, Adrian Leijer, Nikolai Topor-Stanley, Vince Lia (Jordan Simpson 70-), Ruben Zadkovich, Stuart Musialik, Kristian Sarkies (Spase Dilevski 86-), Nick Ward (David Micevski 61-), Dez Giraldi (Mark Bridge 54-) Unused substitutes: Justin Pasfield (gk), Tyler Simpson Caution: Lia 67-
Unavailable: Adam Casey