Vietnam U19 lost the second match at the AFC U19 Football Championship despite a deliberate absence of Vietnamese tycoon and leader of Vietnam U19 football team Doan Nguyen Duc, who believed he brought bad luck to the team, at the Wunna Theikdi Stadium in Myanmar Saturday .
With five new substitutes made to the lineup that lost 6-0 to South Korea on September 9, Vietnam young players seems to fall short of stamina to compete to the last minute as they maintained a 1-1 draw but ended up losing to Japan in extra time.
Vietnam players repeatedly attacked and Japan attempted to slow down the match in the first half.
Japan took the lead in the 58th minute after Masaya got the ball from Vietnam defenders to defeat goalkeeper Van Long.
Vietnam equalized the score in the 90th minute after Hoang Thanh Tung had a successful shot into the high corner.
But Japan’s attacks in the extra time brought them two goals in a row, with a header by Nakatani and a shot from a narrow angle by Yosuke.
This was the fourth time Vietnam U19 lost to Japan this year. Last month, Vietnam lost 1-0 to Japan at the final of the Southeast Asian U19 Championship in Hanoi.
Losing two matches in Group C, Vietnam has been officially eliminated from the tournament. It will play China in Yangoon on October 13.