Goalscorer Nguyễn Trung Thành is mobbed by his group mates after his twenty seventh minute strike towards Thailand Tuesday night time. Photograph bongdaplus.vn
PHNOM PENH — Việt Nam superior to the semi-finals of the 2022 AFF Beneath-23 Championship after a 1-0 win towards Thailand on the Prince Stadium in Phnom Penh on Tuesday.
Coach Đinh Thế Nam’s younger squad, comprised principally of gamers from the Beneath-21 group, nearly needed to forfeit Tuesday’s match as 11 out of 23 gamers within the squad examined constructive for COVID-19, together with captain Dụng Quang Nho who had a positive show within the 7-0 win towards Singapore.
For the group to be eligible to compete, Vietnam Soccer Federation needed to ship 4 last-minute additions to the squad. Đình Quý, Huỳnh Tiến Đạt, Nguyễn Thành Nhân and Trần Bảo Toàn joined the group after an extended bus experience from Việt Nam to Cambodia.
Thailand pressed onerous within the opening minutes and had their possibilities, however second-choice goalkeeper Trịnh Xuân Hoàng performed secure and denied the Thai strikers.
Việt Nam have been affected person and sat again, ready for his or her alternatives for counter-attacks. The Thai defence couldn’t comprise the velocity of Trần Bảo Toàn, and the Hoàng Anh Gia Lai participant was mesmerising with a few of his solo performs.
Within the twenty seventh minute, an amazing run down the correct facet from Văn Tùng led to a free-kick close to Thailand’s proper nook. From a decent angle, Nguyễn Trung Thành curled the ball superbly into the again of the online to open the rating for Việt Nam.
“I took inspiration from Quang Hải,” stated Trung Thành within the post-match interview.
Thailand then pushed ahead for a reply, and had a golden likelihood within the forty first minute when Teerasak Poeiphimai had solely the keeper to beat. The Port FC participant blasted the ball over the bar.
The second half began equally to the primary, with Thailand controlling possession and making use of the strain on the drained Vietnamese gamers, however Việt Nam’s defence stood robust. Nevertheless, the personnel woes for Coach Nam piled on as key participant Phan Bá Quyền was stretchered off within the sixty fifth minute.
Within the remaining ten minutes, Thailand dedicated ahead and had two wonderful possibilities on aim, solely to be denied by keeper Xuân Hoàng’s excellent reflexes.
With this win, Việt Nam Beneath 23s topped group C with six factors from two video games. The Younger Warriors will face Brunei on Thursday within the semifinals, nonetheless ridden with considerations over COVID and accidents.
Trung Thành added after the ultimate whistle: “Now we have some troubles taking part in with newly added gamers, as a result of they’d simply arrived in Cambodia three hours earlier and it is onerous for them to adapt to the group’s techniques.
“I hope that my teammates who’re coping with COVID can quickly return.” — VNS