A Quang Ninh squad with only 10 men beat Khanh Hoa 2-1 in the Group B second round at the 16th edition of the Thanh Nien-sponsored U21 National Football Championship in Ninh Thuan Friday.
Quang Ninh was in a difficult situation after just five minutes when Duy Hung was sent off for an illegal tackle.
With more men, Khanh Hoa launched more aggressive attacks but Quang Ninh employed excellent positioning and goalkeeper Huynh Tuan Linh was superb.
They stood firm in the first half before scoring the opener just two minutes after the break.
After the goal, Khanh Hoa continued its relentless attack, but nothing got by the custodianship of Tuan Linh.
Sports reporters unanimously praised Linh and were about to choose him as the player of the match when he suddenly scored an own goal to give Khanh Hoa an equalizer when central fullback Dai Nghia's header hit him and found the net.
But the gift from Linh was not enough for Khanh Hoa and Quang Ninh midfielder Vu Minh Tuan's spot-on shot from 20 meters doubled the score for his team.
The superb shot and excellent performance won Minh Tuan the "Player of the Match" title. It was the second consecutive match in which he won the title.
The win earned Quang Ninh the top spot in Group B with four points while Khanh Hoa is at the bottom with only one point.
In the other Group B match, reigning champs Nam Dinh fought to a 2-2 draw with Dong Tam Long An and both now have two points. Nam Dinh is in second place and Dong Tam Long An is in third.