Four Vietnamese players were included in Fox Sports Asia’s Best XI in men's football at the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games 2019 in the Philippines.
As Vietnam claimed the gold medal of the category, routing Indonesia 3-0 in the finale on Tuesday, it is no surprise that the junior Golden Dragons feature heavily in the team of the tournament.
Fox Sports Asia hailed Vietnam’s 20-year-old Doan Van Hau, who plays for SC Heerenveen in the Netherlands’ top-flight league, as one of the best defenders in business today in Southeast Asia.
|Vietnam's Doan Van Hau celebrates scoring the third goal in the finale against Indonesia of men's football at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines, December 10, 2019. Photo: Nguyen Khoi / Tuoi Tre|
The online sports news site also highlighted some of Hau’s shining moments in Tuesday’s finale, including keeping the Indonesian wingers at bay and scoring a brace.
Meanwhile, Do Hung Dung, one of the two overage players allowed on the team, was the only Vietnamese midfielder listed in the Best XI lineup for his good composure among his younger teammates.
Moreover, Dung also scored the second goal in Vietnam’s 3-0 thrashing of Indonesia in the final at Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila.
|Vietnam's Do Hung Dung celebrates scoring the second goal in the finale against Indonesia of men's football at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines, December 10, 2019. Photo: Nguyen Khoi / Tuoi Tre|
Ha Duc Chinh and Nguyen Tien Linh were among the best forwards at the tournament.
While Chinh shared the top scorer award with Indonesia’s Osvaldo Haay for striking eight times, Linh were just two goals behind.
Fox Sports Asia forecast that the two Vietnamese strikers will be the trump cards on the country’s squads at upcoming international tournaments.
|Vietnam's Ha Duc Chinh celebrates scoring a goal in his team's game against Brunei in 2019 Southeast Asian Games men's football in the Philippines, November 25, 2019. Photo: Nguyen Khoi / Tuoi Tre|
Apart from the four Vietnamese players, the Best XI of 2019 SEA Games men’s football included three Indonesian footballers, two Myanmar representatives, one Filipino defender and a Cambodian midfielder.
Eleven participating Southeast Asian countries sent under-22 players to compete in the men’s football event of the 2019 SEA Games, with two overage footballers allowed on each 20-member team.
Hosts the Philippines, Malaysia, Myanmar, Cambodia and Timor-Leste made up Group A while Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, Singapore and Brunei were placed in Group B.
|Vietnam's Nguyen Tien Linh (C) vies for possession in his team's game against Brunei in 2019 Southeast Asian Games men's football in the Philippines, November 25, 2019. Photo: Nguyen Khoi / Tuoi Tre|