Leading Group F standings, Vietnam U-20 Team Focuses on Indonesia


TIM U-20 Vietnam leads the standings of Group F in the qualifying round for the U-20 Asian Cup after beating Timor Leste with a score of 4-0 at the Gelora Bung Tomo Stadium in Surabaya, Friday (16/9) afternoon.


Vietnam has six points with two wins in two matches. Vietnam scored nine goals and conceded one. Vietnam’s first game won 5-1 over Hong Kong.


While Timor Leste fell at the bottom of the standings with two defeats, each from Vietnam and Indonesia with the same score (0-4).


Vietnam coach Dinh The Nam said he was happy for his team’s victory and was able to control the game.


“Of course we are happy with this result. Now our focus is on the last match against Indonesia,” he said.


In the match against Timor Leste, Vietnam’s four winning goals were scored by Nguyen Thanh Nhan in the 10th minute, Bui Vi Hao in the 14th minute, Nguyen Xuan Bac in the 83rd minute, and Khuat Van Khang in the 85th minute.


When referee Omar Mubarak from Oman blows the whistle kick off sign of the first half began, Vietnam took the initiative to attack. Chance after opportunity was obtained at the beginning of the round.


Vietnam’s first goal was created exactly 10 minutes into the game. Nguyen Thanh Nhan headed back or without facing goal using Dinh Xuan Tien’s free kick.


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Four minutes later, Bui Vi Hao’s action in the penalty box succeeded in tearing the Timor Leste net which was guarded by Vilonito Nogueira. The player who did not appear in the first match scored a goal through a narrow angle on the left side of the Timor Leste goal.


After trailing by two goals, Timor Leste put up a fight and managed to thwart Vietnam’s attacks. Discipline of players
defending Timor Leste made Vietnam fail to add to the coffers of goals until halftime.


In the second half, despite winning 2-0, Vietnam still did not relax their attacks. The short game from foot to foot overwhelmed the Timor Leste rearguard.


Timor Leste’s defense finally lost again in 10 minutes before the match ended. Two goals respectively in the 83rd and 85th minutes made the final score 4-0 for Vietnam’s victory.


Two additional goals for Vietnam were scored by Nguyen Xuan Bac and Khuat Van Khang. The score lasts until the game ends.


For 90 minutes, statistically Vietnam controlled 58% of the match, while Timor Leste was 42%.


Vietnam had eight chances on goal, compared to Timor Leste, which threatened only once.


Vietnam also had 10 non-goal chances, while Timor Leste had only five chances.


Meanwhile, Timor Leste coach Gopal Krishnan admitted his team’s defeat and asked the players to forget it immediately.


“We remain determined to win the match against Hong Kong in the last match,” said the Malaysian coach. (Ant/OL-16)