Vietnam fight back to beat Malaysia in 2019 AFC U19 Women’s qualifiers

Thursday, 2018-10-25 17:20:31
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Captain Tuyet Ngan (in red) contributes a goal to Vietnam's 2-1 victory over Malaysia.
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NDO – Vietnam delivered a good start to their hunt for a place in the 2019 AFC U19 Women’s Championship finals, after coming from behind to beat Malaysia 2-1 in their Group E opener of the qualification tournament in Hanoi on October 24.

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Vietnam coach Mai Duc Chung deployed his strongest squad for the opening clash with the aim of bagging the full three points, which helped the “yellow stars” to take control of the game and put pressure on the Malaysian goal.

Despite their domination, the Vietnamese women failed to find the net during the first 30 minutes and Malaysia made them pay dearly. Six minutes after the half hour mark, defender Waitie Taming slotted in from close range to put Malaysia in front.

After the unexpected goal, Chung made several lineup adjustments, with forward Vu Thi Hoa sent onto the field to intensify Vietnam’s attacking power.

Coming off the bench, Hoa impressed during the remainder of the match, setting up captain Tuyet Ngan to score the equaliser for Vietnam on the hour mark.

Nine minutes later, the substitute produced another assist for Nguyen Thi Hoa, who buried the ball in the back of the net to seal an emphatic 2-1 win for Mai Duc Chung’s side.

Vietnamese women celebrate their victory.

The victory moved Vietnam into second place in Group E with three points, behind Jordan who possess a better goal difference following their commanding 8-0 triumph over Singapore.

Next up for Vietnam will be an encounter with Singapore on October 26, while Malaysia take on Jordan in the other match the same day.

The 2019 AFC U-19 Women's Championship qualifiers has brought together 30 teams that are playing in a round robin tournament in three groups of five and three groups of four. The six group winners and the two best runners-up will advance to the second round of qualification.

The eight qualifiers for the second round will compete in a round robin format in two groups to decide the top two teams from each group that will make it through to the finals in Thailand, which will also feature the three wild card winners (Japan, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and China) and hosts Thailand.