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The Socceroos face Vietnam in a must win World Cup Qualifier in Melbourne. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 8:10pm AEDT.
After a promising start to a qualification campaign that hopefully leads to Qatar 2022, the Socceroo’s momentum has been well and truly halted after draws with Saudi Arabia and China.
Anything less than a win tonight against the plucky Vietnam could well see the wheels fall of completely and a inter-confederation play-off once again deciding the fate of a team that always seems to find a way to make things difficult.
Such is the nature of the most competitive sport on the planet and within Asia, whilst oft perceived as a powerhouse, the Australian’s continue to battle through the qualification phases as each World Cup year rolls around.
Graham Arnold will not be on the sideline for this match after a recent COVID positive diagnosis and with a win non-negotiable, it will be up to the players to ensure that his message and key directives are undertaken perfectly, without their inspirational mentor there to guide them every step of the way.
With a similarly crucial fixture upcoming against Oman and two potentially massive match-ups with Saudi Arabia and Japan in March, the Aussies need a win tonight to keep meaning in those matches.
A loss will see the Samurai Blue and Green Falcons effectively on their way to Qatar and the Socceroos attempting to hang on to third place in the group in order to set up a last chance effort against good quality South American opposition for the final spot at the World Cup.
It is truly nail-biting stuff from here on in and it all starts tonight in Melbourne.
Whilst unconvincing in recent matches, the Socceroos do finally enjoy some home ground support and that could well make the difference in a match potentially played between the boxes for much of the first half. Expect the Aussies to make inroads in the second and manage a 1-0 win, much to the relief of the home fans.
Venue: AAMI Park, Melbourne
Kick-off: 8:10pm AEDT
Broadcast: Channel 10
Live stream: 10 Play app and website
Betting: China $9.40, Australia $1.31 – odds via PlayUp
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