Netherlands thrash Vietnam in heaviest defeat at 2023 Women's World Cup

By Hoang Nguyen    AUG. 1, 2023

Vietnam bid farewell to the 2023 Women's World Cup with a 7-0 hammering by the Netherlands Tuesday, the heaviest defeat at the tournament so far.

Like in their last game against Portugal, Vietnam started Tuesday game with confidence but focused more on the defense. They even gave the fans hope for an exciting game when Nguyen Thi Thanh Nha’s pass put Nguyen Thi Bich Thuy into a great position for the volley, but she rocketed it over the bar in the 4th minute.

But Vietnam only got some first few good minutes before the Netherlands, who aimed for a big win in this game, increased the pressure. In the 8th minute, Lieke Martens opened the scoring for the Netherlands with a chip over goalkeeper Tran Thi Kim Thanh.

From here, things started getting out of hand for Vietnam. Three minutes later, the Netherlands doubled the lead with Snoejis’ goal. The third goal by Esmee Brugts in the 18th minute was a banger, as her shot from outside the box curved in beautifully and all Kim Thanh could do was watch. Five minutes later, Jill Roord made it 4-0 with a tap-in.

Despite making two changes to the defense, Vietnam couldn’t resist Netherlands’ immense attacking power. Before the first half ended, they scored another with Daniëlle van de Donk’s goal.

A five-star first half put Netherlands in a comfortable position in the second half, when they already secured the top spot of group E. The team slowed it down but still put enough pressure on Vietnam.

In the 57th minute, Brugts scored another beauty that was even more impressive than the first one. Her long-range curler with a speed of 104 kph left the subsititution keeper Khong Thi Hang no chance. In the remaining minutes, Vietnam failed to push back as Netherlands were still too strong and skillful. They scored one more in the 83rd minute with Roord’s header.

A goal nearly came to Vietnam when the ball found Tran Thi Hai Linh and her shot was inches off target.

Vietnam said goodbye to the 2023 Women’s World Cup with the heaviest defeat of the tournament so far.

They exited the tournament with three losses against really strong opponents, defending champions the U.S., Portugal and defending runners-up Netherlands. The team, who are having their very first time at the Woman’s World Cup, conceded 12 goals and scored none.

In the other game of group E, Portugal failed to beat the U.S. and were also eliminated, while the defending champions and Netherlands advanced to the next round.

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