'1 game down, 1 to go': social media reaction as Westfield Matildas put five past Vietnam

Social media was alight with praise, emotion and fanfare after the Westfield Matildas notched a 5-0 win over Vietnam in the first game of their two-legged tie on the road to Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. 

The Westfield Matildas take their five-goal advantage to Vietnam ahead of their second leg showdown at Cẩm Phả Stadium on March 11.

Part one of their job is done but the task is far from over, with another strong showing in Vietnam required for the Westfield Matildas to win the tie and secure their spot at the Olympic Games. 

After notching the emphatic win at McDonald Jones Stadium the Westfield Matildas stars took to social media to share their thoughts on what was a memorable night in Newcastle.

We wrap up the best of their reactions below.

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Two goals to Sam Kerr bookended goals from Chloe Logarzo, Emily van Egmond and Clare Polkinghorne in a five-star performance at McDonald Jones Stadium.

In the hours proceeding the crucial fixture the stars of the show were quick to thank the home crowd for their immense support on a fantastic evening.

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It was a happy homecoming for van Egmond; the Novocastrian returned to her home town to score the third goal of the game as the Green and Gold star helped the Westfield Matildas on their way to a comprehensive win.

The 5-0 victory puts the Westfield Matildas in an excellent place heading into the second leg of the tie; they need only to maintain their aggregate lead after the second leg to qualify for Tokyo 2020, but the Westfield Matildas stars know the job is far from over:

Around the grounds

We also take you through some of the reactions from around Australia. 

Next match

Vietnam v Australia (Away Leg)
Date: Wednesday, 11 March 2020
Kick-off: 6.00pm local; 10pm AEDT
Venue: Cẩm Phả Stadium, Cẩm Phả, Quảng Ninh Province, Vietnam

International Friendly 
United States of America v Australia
Date: Friday, 10 April 2020 (local time)
Kick-off: To be confirmed 
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah, USA
Tickets: www.ussoccer.com

International Friendly
Canada v Australia 
Date: Tuesday, 14 April 2020 (local time) 
Kick-off: 7.30pm – 12.30pm Wednesday, 15 April 2020 
Venue: BC Place, Vancouver, Canada 
Tickets: www.canadasoccer.com 

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