PAY THE PENALTY: Trần Bảo Toàn places in a problem. With solely 13 gamers accessible, Việt Nam nonetheless progressed to the ultimate after a penalty shoot-out victory. Photograph bongdaplus.vn
PHNOM PENH — Việt Nam’s U23s reached the ultimate of the AFF Championships on Thursday, however solely after a nervy semi towards Timor Leste.
After 90 minutes and additional time, the tie was deadlocked at 0-0, and a penalty shoot-out was wanted to find out the winner.
Goalkeeper Đặng Tuấn Hưng stepped as much as the plate, and saved the decisive penalty to ship the younger golden star warriors into the ultimate.
Việt Nam will face Thailand within the remaining on Saturday, after the Thais beat Laos by two targets to nil.
Việt Nam’s Younger Warriors utilized stress proper from the get-go, hoping for an early purpose. Probabilities got here for Vũ Đình Hai, Trần Bảo Toàn and Võ Nguyên Hoàng, however their photographs failed to bother the Timor goalkeeper.
Việt Nam have been once more strong in defence and there have been no harmful possibilities for Fabio Magrao’s males within the goalless first half.
Early on within the second half, Việt Nam’s captain Đoàn Anh Việt went down with an damage and had to get replaced, leaving Coach Nam with just one substitute within the final twenty minutes of the sport, a goalkeeper.
Việt Nam piled on the stress however couldn’t discover the early purpose they craved. Timor additionally had a transparent probability within the 62nd minute when Paulo Gali was put by way of on purpose, however Đặng Tuấn Hưng was capable of save the 17-year-old’s shot.
Within the remaining minutes, Việt Nam pushed ahead and Nguyên Hoàng had two nice possibilities, however the Phố Hiến striker couldn’t convert and the match went in to additional time.
On 98 minutes, certainly one of soccer’s strangest occurrences occurred as substitute goalkeeper Trần Liêm Điều got here on as an outfield participant to exchange ahead Trung Thành who went down injured. Điều, nonetheless, was not capable of make an incredible affect and the match needed to be selected penalties.
Within the penalty shoot-out, all 5 Vietnamese gamers saved their nerve and scored, whereas third-choice goalkeeper Tuấn Hưng made a vital save to place Việt Nam by way of to their first ever AFF Beneath-23s Championship remaining, the place they may as soon as once more face native rivals Thailand.
“My teammates and I had nothing to lose right this moment,” stated hero keeper Tuấn Hưng after the match. “That was our mentality within the shoot-out. I wish to thank all the supporters who’ve impressed us to offer our all.” — VNS
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