Vietnam U19s tie with Myanmar U21s at int’l football tournament

Wednesday, 2017-12-13 08:20:42
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Vietnam U19s (in white) and Myanmar U21s share point in their opener on December 12.
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NDO – Vietnam’s U19s secured their first point at the ongoing 2017 International U21 Football Tournament in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho after holding Myanmar U21s to a 1-1 draw in their opening match at Can Tho Stadium on December 12.

With the support of local fans, the Vietnamese team produced a balanced game against the Myanmar team, who were considered to have the upper hand. However, the impatience of those in attack resulted in profligacy among Vietnamese players.

On the opposite side of the field, Myanmar showed the dangers of their counterattack strategy. In the 32nd minute, taking advantage of Vietnam’s defensive lapse, Aee Soe received the ball from Kyaw Myint Win before firing an attempt over the bar from close range.

After the break, Vietnam’s coach Tran Minh Chien decided to send Dung Quang Nho onto the field to replace Truong Tien An. No sooner had the change been made than the deadlock was broken with Aee Soe on hand to punish Vietnam’s sloppy defence by scoring a 49th-minute opener for Myanmar.

Rallied in response to the goal, Vietnam U19s began to put the pressure on for an equaliser. An opportunity finally came for the Vietnamese side three minutes later, but Myanmar’s goalkeeper Thitsar Min made a brilliant save, stopping the ball right on the goal line.

With 10 minutes left to play, Tran Minh Chien made another substitution, with Viet Cuong withdrawn for Khac Khiem. The decision proved effective as the young striker from the PVF football academy lived up to expectations by grabbing the equaliser with an accurate header.

Immediately afterwards, Myanmar’s goalie made a serious mistake, losing the ball in the area. Unfortunately, Hong Son was too surprised by such a golden opportunity sending his shot over the bar, which was the last highlight of the opening match.

On the same day, Vietnam’s U21 team missed out on points after losing 0-1 to the title favourites, Thailand U21s. Settawut Wongsai accounted for Thailand’s solitary goal two minutes before half time.

The 2017 International U21 Football Tournament takes place from December 12 to 20, with the participation of five teams, including Vietnam U21s, Vietnam U19s, Thailand U21s, Myanmar U21s and reigning champions, Yokohama U21s from Japan.