Vietnam advance to Futsal Asian Cup quarters

By VNA   April 21, 2024 | 08:58 pm PT
Vietnam advance to Futsal Asian Cup quarters
Vietnam players celebrate after scoring against Thailand in the Futsal World Cup on April 21, 2024. Photo by AFC
Vietnam's national futsal team qualified for the 2024 AFC Futsal Asian Cup quarterfinals despite losing 1-2 to Thailand in the last match of group A on Sunday.

Vietnam went behind after a goal from Muhammad Osamanmusa, but equalized with Tu Minh Quang's cheeky finish. Srirangpirot then reclaimed the lead for the hosts.

Coach Diego Giustozzi's men were looking for at least a draw, but could lose to Thailand and still advance as long as Myanmar did not win against China by a large deficit.

Thailand, as the favorite playing at home, were clearly in control from the get-go. In the 10th minute, Alongkorn Janphon forced Vietnamese goalkeeper Ho Van Y to make a crucial one-on-one save, signaling a tough match ahead for Vietnam.

Just three minutes later, Osamanmusa, Thailand's danger man, opened the score for the men in royal blue with a quick decisive strike that left Y no chance.

Vietnam pushed forward trying to equalize in the final minutes of the first half, and got close in the 17th minute. Nhan Gia Hung fired a beautiful pass for Tran Thai Huy in the second post, however, the striker was too late and the opportunity was wasted.

Giustozzi's side started off strong in the second half, and found their way into Thailand's net just one minute after the break, after Tu Minh Quang's clever finish into the bottom corner.

Vietnam played much better after the equalizer, putting the hosts on the defense. However, a mistake by Nguyen Thinh Phat in the 32nd minute gave away possession, and Worasak Srirangpirot capitalized with a powerful shot.

With a few minutes left on the clock, Giustozzi directed his players to switch to power play so Vietnam could keep possession for as long as possible. The strategy worked well, as the men in white were able to end the match with a 1-2 loss.

Myanmar could only muster up a 3-1 win against China, so Vietnam qualified through to the quarterfinals by a greater goal difference.

Vietnam will face the winner of group B in the quarterfinals on April 24.

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