Vietnam’s Under-23 team took a 2-1 friendly win over Turkish club Galatasaray but play on both sides was little more than shoddy at Ho Chi Minh City’s Thong Nhat Stadium Friday.
Galatasaray is one of Europe's stronger clubs, but its U23s were unexpectedly bad in the friendly match. The Vietnamese didn't play much better and were lucky to win.
Spectators booed in the first half. Vietnam has pinned its hopes of winning at the 27th South East Asian (SEA) Games in Myanmar this December on the U23 squad.
Mac Hong Quan was the only striker for Vietnam in the first half on Friday, but he barely moved and his few shots were not on target.
The rest of the team looked out of practice and clumsy.
Though the visitors were pretty weak, the hosts had trouble launching a decent attack all through the first half.
In the second half, striker Ha Minh Tuan substituted for Hong Quan and the Vietnamese U232 began to apply pressure and play better, resulting in the opener by Van Thang.
The Vietnamese defense was just as bad as its offense and in the final minutes sloppy defenders let past an easy equalizer.
The Vietnamese did seal the deal, finally, when striker Minh Tuan scored the winner during injury time.
Hopefully, the Vietnamese U23s will improve before the coming SEA Games, otherwise, they'll be knocked out in the group round.