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China suffer defeat at hands of Vietnam in youth friendly on home soil

Sunday, September 08, 2019, 20:09 GMT+7
China suffer defeat at hands of Vietnam in youth friendly on home soil
Vietnamese players celebrate scoring their first goal against China in an U22 friendly in Wuhan, China, September 8, 2019, in this screenshot.

Vietnam thrashed China with a double by Nguyen Tien Linh in an U22 friendly game in Wuhan on Sunday.

The victory was quite easy for Vietnam as China put on a lackluster display at Huangshi Olympic Sports Center.

Park Hang Seo’s young men could have scored more if they had managed the ball more clinically.

The junior Golden Dragons were in control right after kick-off, with smooth passes and a firm formation, while the hosts used muscles more than skill.   

Eighteen minutes into the game, Tan Tai sped up on the right wing and his cross was lobbed by Nguyen Tien Linh into the far corner of the Chinese net.

Tan Tai similarly dashed down the right flank 40 minutes later and again crossed the ball to Tien Linh, who kicked home from a few meters away.

Guus Hiddink’s men tried to gain back the control of the game after conceding two goals but their awkwardness spoiled all of their efforts.

They even resorted to high ball toward the end of the game; however, all attempts were launched in vain.

Vietnam U22s are preparing for men’s football at the Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines later this year whereas their Chinese counterparts are gearing up for the 2020 AFC U23 Championship in Thailand.

Park has been 'tasked' with winning the coveted gold medal for Vietnam at the Games.

He was an assistant to Hiddink in 2002, when they headed South Korea to the semifinals of the FIFA World Cup.

He helped the Vietnamese national team win the Southeast Asian trophy for the second time in a decade in 2018 and reach the 2019 AFC Asian Cup quarterfinals, while leading the U23 national squad to finish second at the 2018 AFC U23 Championship in China and to claim the fourth place in men’s football at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia.  

The Korean coach was signed by the Vietnam Football Federation in 2017.

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Viet Toan / Tuoi Tre News

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