Striker Phan Văn Đức (20) got here on within the second half and made his mark with a strike from lengthy distance within the 76th minute that made the rating 3-0. VNA/VNS Picture Tuấn Anh
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HÀ NỘI – Việt Nam rang within the new lunar yr in model on Tuesday night time, with a convincing 3-1 win over China in Hà Nội.
The World Cup qualifying match was a lifeless rubber with either side out of the working for a spot in Qatar later this yr, however the ardour on show each on and off the pitch confirmed there was nonetheless loads of regional pleasure to play for on the primary day of the 12 months of the Tiger.
The win gave Việt Nam their first factors within the third spherical of World Cup qualification after dropping seven on the trot and may have despatched the gamers into their Tết break with huge smiles on their faces.
Coach Park Dangle-seo needed to do with out former captain Quế Ngọc Hải who was dominated out resulting from COVID, however striker Nguyễn Tiến Linh returned after lacking the 4-0 defeat to Australia final week for a similar purpose.
Việt Nam’s Nguyễn Tiến Linh celebrates his objective towards China on Tuesday night. Picture bongdaplus.vn
Việt Nam flew out of the blocks because the sparse Mỹ Đình crowd of simply 6,099 on a bitterly chilly night time, roared them on, they usually have been quickly celebrating the opening objective.
Simply 9 minutes within the house facet conjured a cross from the left-hand facet which discovered the pinnacle of full-back Hồ Tấn Tài, who made no mistake.
Hồ Tấn Tài (quantity 13) wheels away after scoring. Picture bongdaplus.vn
Simply six minutes later the lead was doubled as a well-worked free-kick routine allowed Phạm Tuấn Hải to sq. the ball for Linh, who made no mistake contained in the six-yard field.
The guests struggled to create first rate probabilities within the first half, bar some tame photographs which goalkeeper Trần Nguyên Mạnh saved simply.
Within the second half, Việt Nam sat again and soaked up the stress from China comfortably, who have been unable to create many probabilities of word.
Even China’s star striker Wu Lei was unable to affect proceedings, in contrast to within the reverse fixture final yr when his two targets secured a 3-2 win for China.
Việt Nam made the sport protected within the 76th minute when Nguyễn Hoàng Đức picked out Phan Văn Đức in house. The substitute nonetheless had lots to do however was capable of conjure an outstanding long-range shot that flew in off the submit, sending the group, and watching Vietnamese Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính, into raptures.
China scored a comfort objective with the final kick of the match as Xu Xin volleyed house, however the celebrations on the ultimate whistle moments later ensured it could be however a footnote on a historic night time for Việt Nam.
After the sport, a delighted PM Chính joined the gamers on the pitch to have a good time the win.
He mentioned: “Many due to the coach and the gamers for giving a present to the followers and folks of Việt Nam within the New 12 months.
“Additionally many due to the crew workers and everybody who fought exhausting for the id of Việt Nam.
“As we speak is the primary day of the New 12 months and hopefully this yr we’ll win many victories.”
Midfielder and captain Đỗ Hùng Dũng added: “I really feel very glad. On this present day, the crew actually performed exhausting.
“Myself and the crew have been ready for this victory for a very long time.
“Many due to the followers who got here to observe the sport and hope that this can be a particular Tết reward for everybody as I promised earlier than the match.” VNS