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Matildas waltz into another World Cup finals

THE Matildas will line up against South Korea or China in Thursday's Asian Cup semi-final as they attempt to defend the title they won in 2010.

Yesterday's 2-0 win over Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City also secured Australia a place in next year's World Cup finals in Canada.

It will be the sixth straight time the Matildas have qualified for the World Cup.

The Aussie women finished second on goal difference in Group A behind world champion Japan, which also secured a ticket to next year's World Cup with victory over Jordan.

The Matildas dominated against the host team but could only find the net twice.

The first was a comical own goal which followed an indirect free-kick, wrongly awarded for a back pass.

A stunning last-minute long-range strike from midfielder Katrina Gorry (pictured) capped qualification in style as the Australians struggled in wet conditions.