Nguyễn Thị Tuyết Dung (7) celebrates her opening objective with teammates. — Picture Thethaovanhoa.vn/Sina
By Anh Đức
NAVI MUMBAI — The Việt Nam nationwide girls’s staff have been knocked out of the Ladies’s Asian Cup after shedding 3-1 to China within the quarter-finals on Sunday.
Had Việt Nam received they’d have immediately certified for the FIFA Ladies’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand subsequent 12 months, nevertheless, all hope shouldn’t be misplaced as they’ve a second likelihood of qualification by way of profitable the repechage spherical.
Coach Mai Đức Chung rested key gamers akin to captain Huỳnh Như and defender Chương Thị Kiều, with a view of getting ready for the repechage play-offs starting on February 2. Phạm Hoàng Quỳnh and Nguyễn Thị Bích Thùy began of their place.
Chung’s gamers stunned everybody on the Dy Patil Stadium by taking an early lead. A fantastic counter from Việt Nam made the Chinese language defence fumble and Nguyễn Thị Tuyết Dung capitalised with an excellent shot from outdoors the field.
China piled on the stress at 1-0 down, however Việt Nam stayed sturdy and have been lethal from the counters and will have doubled their lead if Phạm Thị Yến and Nguyễn Thị Vạn had been extra exact.
On the twenty fifth minute, Việt Nam went down quickly to 10 girls after an harm from Nguyễn Thị Bích Thùy. China took benefit and equalised by way of Wang Shuang’s faucet in.
Seeing an opportunity for his staff, Chung introduced Chương Thị Kiều and Huỳnh Như in on the thirty fifth minute to assist strengthen the defence and be extra proactive in assaults. Việt Nam held on and ended the primary half 1-1.
Within the second half, a unique China got here out to play, and the standard of their gamers made the distinction.
A fantastic flip and shoot contained in the field by Wang Shanshan helped the Metal Roses take the lead within the 52nd minute, and Tottenham Hotspur Ladies’s Tang Jiali doubled their lead a minute later.
Being down by two objectives, coach Chung subbed out his key gamers to relaxation for the repechage playoffs. Việt Nam protected Trần Thị Kim Thanh’s objective and performed the offside entice completely.
When everybody thought the match was over, in a uncommon assault on China’s six-yard field Việt Nam have been awarded a penalty after a handball by Li Mengwen, however Bích Thùy couldn’t convert and the match completed 3-1 to China.
Việt Nam have been eradicated from the Ladies’s Asian Cup, however are nonetheless in competition for a World Cup place ought to they place first in the repechage. — VNS