Vietnam in last 16 with facile 2-0 win over Nepal at Asian Games

By Staff reporters   August 16, 2018 | 03:57 am PT
Vietnam's U23 team was never threatened as it comfortably won its second Asiad 2018 match against Nepal.

The game kicked off at 7 p.m. local time at the Wibawa Mukti Stadium in West Java, Indonesia.

Vietnamese players entered the game in white and Nepal in red.

By the 19th minute, Vietnam made several attacks but missed the target.

Nearly half an hour of play, Vietnam was attacking from both flanks, but not able to breach Nepal's defense.

In the 31st minute, Vietnam scored its first goal.

Nguyen Anh Duc heads into the net to score Vietnams first goal.

Nguyen Anh Duc heads into the net to score Vietnam's first goal.

Nguyen Anh Duc, wearing jersey number 11, headed into the net from close quarter after collecting a pass from Phan Van Duc (20) on the left flank. Both are the two Vietnamese attackers in the game.

Nguyen Anh Duc celebrates after the header.

Nguyen Anh Duc celebrates after the header.

The game entered the second half.

Nepal kicked off the second half in a more attacking mood, but did not make an impression on the Vietnamese defense.

Vietnam also missed two major shots 15 minutes into the second half.

At the 63rd minute, Vietnam struck again.

It's Van Duc's turn to score as Anh Duc returned a favor, stealing the ball from Nepal and making a neat pass. Vietnam was two up.

Phan Van Duc celebrates after scoring Vietnams second goal.

Phan Van Duc celebrates after scoring Vietnam's second goal.

At minute 76, Vietnam's midfielder Nguyen Cong Phuong had a shot saved by the goalkeeper.

For the last minutes of the game, Vietnam was more defensive.

Vietnamese fans cheer at the stadium in Indonesia.

Vietnamese fans cheer at the stadium in Indonesia.

On Tuesday, Vietnam coasted to a 3-0 win over Pakistan, but head coach Park Hang-seo was underwhelmed. The team “did not meet my expectations,” he said.

Stressing the importance the game against Nepal, Park said: “This match is a decisive one as it’s our ticket to the next round, so the team will have to put maximum effort into it.”

As Vietnam has now defeated Nepal, it will advance to round of 16 in Asiad 2018.

At the moment, Vietnam shares the top position of Group D with Japan, each scoring six points with five goals. The teams will meet on Sunday afternoon.

Vietnam faces sterner tests in the next round, but fans are thrilled and expectant.

We hope you enjoyed the game, and look forward to reporting upcoming games in greater detail.


VIE - Header by Nguyen Anh Duc - 31'

VIE - Phan Van Duc - 63'

Vietnam Team Stats Nepal
20 Shots 6
6 Shots on goal 4
54% Possession 46%
7 Corners 0
3 Fouls 6
0 Yellow cards 0
0 Red cards 0

Photos by Duc Dong, Lam Thoa

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