Vietnam edge out Laos in Japan-ASEAN U16 football tournament

Friday, 2018-03-09 12:12:55
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The Japan trip is a precious opportunity for Vietnam U16s to prepare for their AFC Championship campaign in Malaysia.
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NDO – Vietnam fought back from a 0-1 deficit to edge out Laos with a score of 2-1 in their Group D opener at the 2018 Japan-ASEAN U16 friendly football tournament on March 8.

Chony Wenpaserth put the Vietnamese side into difficulty by breaking the deadlock for Laos after only 16 minutes of play.

Coach Dinh The Nam’s players produced several dangerous attacks on the Lao goal, but failed to convert any of them into a goal before the interval.

However, the equaliser finally came just three minutes into the second half, as Quoc Hoang jumped high to connect with Minh Dan’s right-wing pass, heading the ball beyond the stranded keeper.

Inspired by the equaliser, Vietnam played with great confidence and threatened the Lao side with wave after wave of attacks.

In a rapid surge three minutes later, substitute Trung Hau got his name on the scoreboard as he grabbed a 2-1 advantage for Vietnam, which remained unchanged until the final whistle.

Vietnam will play their second group match today against Japan’s Miyazaki team.

The Japan-ASEAN U16 friendly football tournament has brought together ten Southeast Asian teams: Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Cambodia, Brunei, Laos, Timor Leste, and Vietnam, alongside the two host representatives, Japan U15s and the Miyazaki team.

The 12 participants are playing in a round robin format of four groups, with the top teams from each group meeting in the semifinals to duke it out for a position in the final match.

The Japan trip can be seen as a precious opportunity, not only for Vietnam U16s to learn from others’ experience but also for head coach Dinh The Nam to test his tactics and team selection in preparation for the upcoming AFC U16 Championship in Malaysia.