The Vietnamese national futsal team gained a hard-fought 4-3 victory over their Chinese opponents on Saturday in the International Futsal Tournament in China’s Changshu City, Jiangshu Province.
The tournament, held by the Chinese Football Association, is competed by four national teams from China, Vietnam, Croatia and the Netherlands.
Both teams entered Saturday’s game with determination to secure their first win in the tournament, after having tasted defeat in their opening games one day earlier.
Vietnam lost 1-3 to Croatia on Friday, while China were defeated 1-2 by the Netherlands.
The first goal of the match was awarded to Vietnam in the 13th minute, when striker Minh Tri won in a one-on-one with Chinese goalkeeper Zhu Bei.
However, China managed to equalize less than a minute later with a penalty kick after Vietnamese defender Thai Huy’s handball in the penalty area.
With growing confidence from their first goal, China went on to score another goal in under three minutes following skillful play between Zeng Liang and Liu Wenxi.
The first half ended in a draw after Co Tri Kiet scored an equalizer for Vietnam in the 17th minute.
The second half was tension-packed with another lead chase, when Vietnam and China scored the fifth and sixth goal of the match in under four minutes.
Quoc Nam scored the final goal for Vietnam in the 31st minute, securing Vietnam’s first win in the friendly tournament.
The team are scheduled to play the final match against the Netherlands at 1:30 pm on Sunday.
The International Futsal Tournament is held annually among four major national world futsal teams.
In 2013, Vietnam hosted it and ranked third in the end.