Vietnam claim victory against Taiwan in U23 Asian Cup qualifiers

By Quang Dung, Hoang An   October 27, 2021 | 04:23 pm PT
Vietnam claim victory against Taiwan in U23 Asian Cup qualifiers
Vietnam players celebrate a goal in the U23 Asian Cup qualifier with Taiwan on October 27, 2021. Photo by Vietnam Football Federation
A late goal helped Vietnam earn the difficult 1-0 win in the first game of group I in the U23 Asian Cup qualifiers against Taiwan Wednesday.

Left-back Le Van Xuan created the first chance for Vietnam in the 5th minute with a cross for Le Xuan Tu as he faced the keeper. However, Tu’s shot didn’t go in under the pressure from the Taiwan keeper.

Four minutes later, it’s Xuan again with a dangerous cross inside the box, but Mai Van Quyet didn’t score. The ball found Xuan right after that and he made another cross for Tran Van Dat to get a header, which unfortunately hit the bar.

In the next hour, Vietnam had trouble creating scoring chances when Taiwan defended in low blocks and covered all entrances to the goal. To increase creativity in the midfield, coach Park Hang-seo put Nguyen Hai Long on and he made an impact. In the 82nd minute, Long noticed a space on Taiwan’s right flank and passed to Xuan, who was running into the box. Xuan then curled it in easily to open the score for Vietnam.

The victory was guaranteed for Vietnam when Taiwan defender Chen Chih-huan received a straight red card three minutes later for hitting the opponent in the face. The 1-0 result remained until the end.

Vietnam will get six days to rest and train before the last game of group I against Myanmar on November 2. A victory in that game will secure Vietnam a spot in the U23 Asian Cup next year.

U23 Asian Cup qualifiers: Vietnam 1-0 Taiwan

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