AFC President congratulates Australia for clinching Tokyo Olympics spot

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AFC President congratulates Australia for clinching Tokyo Olympics spot

Asia’s final spot in the Women's 2020 Tokyo Olympic Football Tournament will see Korea Republic battle China PR over two legs on June 4 and 9, 2020.

AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has congratulated Australia for securing their place in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after they defeated Vietnam 7-1 on aggregate over two legs in the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Tokyo 2020 Asian Qualifiers Final Round Playoff on Wednesday.
Australia carried their fine form which saw them record a dominant 5-0 win in the first leg of their qualifying play-off last week as goals from Sam Kerr and Hayley Raso in the return leg helped seal a narrow 2-1 victory over the Southeast Asians and their safe passage into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The AFC President said: “On behalf of the Asian football family, I would like to offer my heartfelt congratulations to Australia for their qualification to Tokyo. The last few months have been challenging times for teams, players and officials with several changes to the match schedule, but these measures were necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of all our stakeholders.
“Credit must go to both Australia and Vietnam for showcasing their desire to compete at the highest level in global football. We must also thank our Member Associations, our commercial partners and everyone working tirelessly behind the scenes for putting in place the optimum precautionary measures. 
“Indeed, the quality we have witnessed during the qualifiers reinforces Asia’s position as a major force in the women’s game and I am sure that Australia, alongside hosts Japan and either China PR or Korea Republic will do us proud.”
The Matildas are poised for their fourth outing at the global showpiece having qualified for the 2000 Olympics as hosts as well as the 2004 Athens and 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Quarter-finalists in the latter two editions, Australia will be eyeing a historic place in the semi-finals after coming agonisingly close in the last edition where they were eliminated in the final eight by the host nation 7-6 on penalties.
Alongside hosts Japan (men and women), Australia join their men’s team, AFC U23 Championship winners Korea Republic and runners-up Saudi Arabia as Asia’s representatives at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Asia’s final spot in the Women's 2020 Tokyo Olympic Football Tournament will see Korea Republic battle China PR over two legs on June 4 and 9, 2020.