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U-19 Vietnam claims ‘bad debt’ to Malaysia

13 Aug 2022 | 17:53 | News

At home in Binh Duong, coach Dinh The Nam’s teachers and students beat Malaysia U-19 2-1 in the International U-19 Championship – Youth Team, the team in the U-19 semi-final in Southeast Asia in Indonesia in July, unexpectedly Land defeated VN 3-0 to reach the final and won the title, although VN was considered a candidate.

Just in the 5th minute striker Nazrin bin Mohammad took a free throw on Van Binh for an error in the U-19 VN defence. Photo: KHA HOA

Just in the 5th minute, striker Nazrin bin Mohammad made a mistake in the defense of U-19 VN and took a free throw for Van Binh. Photo: KHA HOA

At the time, Malaysia’s coach Sazari Varas couldn’t believe how his teachers and students could beat the title candidate.

But they “captured” Vietnam’s U-19s through that semi-final victory, Malaysia played strong football, and they fought fiercely and even waited for Vietnam to make mistakes and be punished immediately.

Centre-back Thanh Dat was very unfocused in defence which resulted in the goal. Photo: KHA HOA

Centre-back Thanh Dat was very unfocused in defence which resulted in the goal. Photo: KHA HOA

Indeed, in the 5th minute, when many Vietnamese players were still inconsistent, the Malaysian U-19s were immediately penalized with a defensive error.

Specifically, Thanh Dat played at centre back but was indecisive when hesitant in the middle, allowing tall striker Nazrin Bin Mohammad to rush up to get the ball, “smug” well, and the ball flew close to the corner to save the ball. Split for Malaysia.

Coach Park Heung-seo and assistant coach Lee Yong-jin attended the game. Photo: KHA HOA

Coach Park Heung-seo and assistant coach Lee Yong-jin attended the game. Photo: KHA HOA

U-19 VN played elegantly and even made few defensive mistakes, but every time Malaysia played fast, strong, and forceful, U-19 VN was very easy to learn, and sometimes even became the “invincible opponent” of the Malaysian youth team.

Coach Gong Wujun of U-23 VN chose his seat for observation. Photo: KHA HOA

Coach Gong Wujun of U-23 VN chose his seat for observation. Photo: KHA HOA

Fortunately, in the 28th minute, Guoyue took a free kick. The forward attacked. The ball hit the crossbar at the near corner of Keke and fell to the ground. Deying took off and hit the top of the ball. Hit the crossbar. The gap is 1-1. Then in stoppage time 90+2 Fan Kang won a penalty kick 2-1, and midfielder Farhan fouled in the penalty area.

Duc Anh equalizes from Quoc Viet's free kick. Photo: KHU

Duc Anh equalizes from Quoc Viet’s free kick. Photo: KHU

It was hard for U-19 Vietnam to show consistency against Malaysia in 90 minutes.

Coach Dinh The Nam can review the new faces and continue to improve the gameplay. Above all, however, when he faces strong, fast opponents, he has to fill holes in the defence, pressing and stalking like Malaysia.

Even if Vietnam wins today, U-19 Malaysia is very... with U-19 VN backbone. Photo: KHU

Even if Vietnam wins today, U-19 Malaysia is very… with U-19 VN backbone. Photo: KHU

In September, the U-19 Vietnam team returned to Indonesia for the Asian U-20 qualifiers. One promise is tough and challenging qualifiers. The “firepower” of the U-19 VN may be okay, but there is still a lot of work to be done on the defensive side.

In the previous match, U-19 Thailand defeated U-19 Myanmar 1-0. Therefore, after two games, Myanmar lost all chances to compete for the title.

Order of the four teams after two games: 1- Vietnam (6 points, 4/1 difference), 2- Thailand (4 points, 1/0), 3- Malaysia (1 point 1/2), 4- Myanmar (0 points, 0/3).

Game 3 on August 9: Malaysia-Myanmar (16 hours), Vietnam-Thailand (18:30)

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