Australia hammer Uzbekistan to make Paris Olympics

Veteran Michelle Heyman scored four first-half goals as Australia crushed Uzbekistan 10-0 Wednesday to emphatically seal their place at the Paris Olympics.

Tony Gustavsson’s Matildas took a commanding 3-0 advantage into the home leg of their Asian playoff game after achieving their primary goal of keeping a clean sheet in Tashkent on Saturday.

Australia were again without injured star striker Sam Kerr, who is racing against the clock to be fit for the Olympics.

But they did not need her in an incredible first half that reaped eight goals against a team overawed by the occasion.

“It was very special. It’s the last step of what has been a pretty long process,” said Australia skipper Steph Catley.

“I think throughout the entire qualification process we have played really good football, challenged ourselves. Everything we set out to do we did and it’s a proud moment to get to another Olympics.

“We’ll definitely be dreaming big (in Paris).”