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Vietnam U23s beat Myanmar in friendly ahead of SEA Games

Saturday, June 08, 2019, 11:47 GMT+7
Vietnam U23s beat Myanmar in friendly ahead of SEA Games
Vietnam’s U-23 players celebrate a goal against Myanmar during their friendly match in the northern province of Phu Tho, on June 7, 2019. Photo: Nam Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam enjoyed an easy 2-0 win over Myanmar at an under-23 international friendly taking place in the northern Vietnamese province of Phu Tho on Friday.

The match was meant as a warm-up for both teams ahead of the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games to be held in the Philippines in November.

The hosts played with confidence against the away team who lacked teamwork during the larger part of the game that lasted for 120 minutes, including a 30-minute suspension due to bad weather condition with rain and thunderstorm.

Trieu Viet Hung opened the score for Vietnam at the 14th minute as he collected the ball from a corner kick and finished it with a strong shot to find Myanmar’s net.

Vietnam wasted their chances to widen the lead in the remainder of the first half.

The teams did not return to the pitch 30 minutes after the first half ended as the game was temporarily postponed due to heavy rain and lightning.

Thirty minutes into the second half, Nguyen Tien Linh scored with a close-range tap in to settle the game 2-0 for Vietnam.

It would have been a more complete Friday night for Vietnamese supporters who filled the 17,000-seat Viet Tri Stadium if Nguyen Trong Huy had not been given a red card for a foul in the sixth minute after stoppage time.

Myanmar’s Win Naing Tun was earlier sent off in the 77th minute after receiving his second yellow card.

Coach Velizar Popov of Myanmar spoke to the press after the game that he was impressed with the playing style of the hosts whom he believed are the top candidates for the SEA Games men’s football gold medal.

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