VOV.VN - Coach Park Hang-seo’s U23 Vietnam performed well on May 6 to outplay their Indonesian opponents 3-0 in their opening game of Group A at SEA Games 31
Coach Park showed his resolve to get three points in the match against Shin Tae-yong's U23 Indonesia by sending in all three overage players, Hung Dung, Hoang Duc, and Tien Linh at the beginning alongside experienced players like Van Xuan, Viet Anh, Thanh Binh, Hoang Anh or Van Toan.
Holding the ball much of the first half, Vietnamese players carved out several scoring chances, but they all failed. Striker Tien Linh was the best player in the first half who overpowered the goal of the Indonesian side.
In the second half, it was Tien Linh who put Vietnam ahead in the 54th minute after receiving a pass from Manh Dung.
U23 Vietnam continued to put pressure and got the second goal 20 minutes later. Tien Linh poked a slot for Hung Dung to hammer the ball into the back ò the net, extending Vietnam’s lead.
Vietnamese players rushed to attack for the rest of the match, but Tien Linh, Thanh Minh or Manh Dung did not take advantage of chances.
However, U23 Vietnam got another goal in the 87th minute when Van Do put the ball in, but an Indonesian defender missed the ball, making the goalkeeper unable to turn back. The ball went into the net to the surprise of the Indonesian defenders.
Defeating U23 Indonesia 3-0, U23Vietnam temporarily rose to second place in Group A with three points.
In another Group A match, U23 Philippines trounced U23 Timor Leste 4-0 to stay atop.