Vietnam tie 1-1 with Uzbekistan to remain unbeaten at Vinaphone Cup 2018

Wednesday, 2018-08-08 01:53:05
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Vietnamese players celebrate winning the trophy. (Photo: NDO/Tran Hai)
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NDO - Vietnam U23 team wrapped up the U23 International Championship - Vinaphone Cup 2018 tournament before the ASIAD 18 with their third unbeaten match in a row, this time a 1-1 draw with Uzbekistan U23 at My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi on August 7.

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Setting aside the new face of goalkeeper Van Hoang, most of the 11 starting players in the game last night were veteran players. However, coach Park Hang-seo’s players were not as good as expected.

Uzbekistan created more chances in the first half, while Vietnamese strikers Cong Phuong and Anh Duc proved quite ungainly in this match. The most prominent player in the Vietnamese squad’s attacking line was midfielder Quang Hai, with a range of key passes for his teammates.

The starting squad of Vietnam U23. (Photo: NDO/Tran Hai)

The team from Central Asia were simple in their attacking tactics but highly effective as they used long balls on both wings to exploit their player’s speed. However, both teams failed to make a breakthrough in the first 45 minutes.

In the second half, Vietnam U23 strengthened their attacks but they lost the midfield to their opponents. As a result, Park’s players conceded in the 66th minute. Tukhtasinov scored with a simple finish into the empty net from a rebound after Kakhramonov’s shot hit the post.

Van Duc (C) scores a superb goal in the 80th minute to keep Vietnam unbeaten at the tournament. (Photo: NDO/Tran Hai)

Park immediately made a substitute with Van Duc in replacement of Anh Duc in hope of refreshing the home team's attacking options. The change paid off in the 80th when Van Duc beat the offside trap to receive Duc Huy's smart cross from outside of the penalty area, before firing a stunning goal to equalise the scoring.

The last minutes witnessed both teams strengthening their efforts in search of a second goal, however, the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

With the result, Park’s team closed the tournament as the warm up for ASIAD 18 quite successfully, with an unbeaten run of two wins and a draw, thus winning the trophy.

Vietnam U23’s manager Park Hang-seo reacts. (Photo: NDO/Tran Hai)

Fierce clashes on the field. (Photo: NDO/Tran Hai)

Vietnamese fans create a festive atmosphere in the stands. (Photo: NDO/Tran Hai)