Tuesday, 13/03/2018 09:58

Việt Nam finish second in ASEAN friendly tournament

Viet Nam’s U16 team pose for photo during their tournament in Japan. Viet Nam claim silver medal. — Photo
Viet Nam News

HA NOI — Viet Nam came second in the 2018 Japan-ASEAN U16 friendly football tournament, which concluded in Miyazaki on March 12.

The Vietnamese lost 0-1 to Indonesia in the final match with the goal being scored from the penalty spot at the 60th minute.

Coach Dinh The Nam of Viet Nam made four changes in his line-up; one of these changes was Nguyen Van Viet, who replaced No 1 goalkeeper Nguyen Duy Dung.

Nam said as it was a friendly tournament, he wanted to play as many players as possible.

However, these changes made it difficult for his players to dominate the gold-medal match.

Substitute Dau Ngoc Thanh missed a clear chance at the 16th minute to open the score.

Indonesia were given a penalty 20 minutes after the interval, which goalie Viet could not clear.

With Viet unable to stop the ball, Dung, who saved three penalty kicks in the semi-finals that Viet Nam won 5-4 against Thailand, was sorely missed in the match.

At stoppage time, Viet Nam created chances through Ha Trung Hau and Vo Nguyen Hoang, but they could not convert them to goals.

In the earlier match, Japan defeated Thailand 5-3 to take bronze medal.

Viet Nam will remain in Japan until March 14 to take part in a few invited programmes before returning home for their intensive training preparation for the Asian championship in Malaysia in September. — VNS


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