Vietnam’s U19 women enjoyed their first victory after beating Malaysia 2-1 in the first qualifying round of Group E at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U19 Women’s Championship, held yesterday at My Dinh Stadium.
Tipped as the favourites, Vietnam piled on the pressure from the opening whistle.
Surprisingly, Malaysia scored the first goal in the middle of the first half after a counter-attack from the right corner of the field.
Vietnam ended the first half in confusion. However, in the 59th minute, receiving a pass, Tuyet Ngan overtook her rival and aimed high, equalising for Vietnam.
Feeling fresh motivation, Vietnam went on the attack and found a winner just 10 minutes later. After a pass from the left corner of the field, Nguyen Thi Hoa showed up just in time and scored one more goal for Vietnam.
With this victory, Vietnam had a smooth start in the qualifying round of the tournament.
Head coach Mai Duc Chung said at the press conference, “Most players are U16, 17 and 18. We are on the way to finding young blood. We did not have much time, but we all worked hard and were ready for this game.”
In the next match, the girls will face Singapore at 6pm tomorrow.