Vietnam had a good start in men’s football at the 19th Asian Games tournament in China with a 4-2 victory against Mongolia in their opening match in Hangzhou on Tuesday.
Vietnam applied pressure against their opponents right from the outset of the game and netted an early goal in the third minute.
Capitalizing on a well-executed long pass from his teammate, Nguyen Quoc Viet took advantage of a Mongolian defender’s error to break free and took a shot that ultimately bested goalkeeper Batmagnai Sereekhuu.
The momentum then continued to strongly favor Vietnam.
In the 31st minute, Quoc Viet’s powerful long-range shot from over 22 meters away sent the ball directly into the goal, leaving goalkeeper Batmagnai Sereekhuu with no opportunity to make a save, extending Vietnam’s lead to 2-0.
Just four minutes later, Mongolia managed their first significant chance when midfielder Nergui Sainbuyan unleashed an impressive long-range shot from beyond the penalty area.
However, Vietnamese goalkeeper Quan Van Chuan performed an exceptional save by deflecting the ball to prevent a goal.
In the 41st minute, Khuat Van Khang displayed excellent ball control, subsequently breaking free to take a shot that eluded goalkeeper Batmagnai Sereekhuu, widening the gap to 3-0.
|Vietnam’s Nguyen Quoc Viet (white jersey) takes a shot at Mongolia’s net in their opening match at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, September 19, 2023. Photo: D.K. / Tuoi Tre|
During the second half, the Mongolian team initiated offensive attempts in their quest to level the score and quickly succeeded.
Just one minute after the restart, Nguyen Thai Son carelessly lost possession of the ball while Uuganbat Temuulen managed to maneuver past Vietnamese defenders and deliver a shot that overcame Quan Van Chuan, narrowing the score to 1-3.
However, Vietnam maintained their control over the game and generated numerous promising chances.
In the 64th minute, an excellent long pass executed by the Vietnamese players created an opening for Vo Minh Trong to break away and deliver a pass to Vo Nguyen Hoang, who struck the ball into the Mongolian goal, furthering the lead to 4-1.
In the closing moments, Vietnam continued their offensive efforts in an attempt to add more goals but they were unsuccessful.
Meanwhile, Mongolia managed to net a second goal, bringing the score to 2-4, thanks to Purevsuren Uuganbayar before the referee signaled the end of the match.
The 4-2 victory earned Vietnam their first three points in Group B of men’s football at the 19th Asian Games.
The Southeast Asians are set to play against Iran and Saudi Arabia in the same group on Thursday and Sunday, respectively.
The 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou features a total of 40 sports and 481 events.
Vietnam dispatched a delegation of 504 members, including 320 athletes, to the tournament.