South Korea secured a win in their first match of the Thanh Nien Newspaper Under-21 International Football Championships, beating Hoang Anh Gia Lai 1-0 on Friday.
South Korea played with a U-19 team that will compete at next year’s U19 Asian Football Championships.
Both teams impressed with exciting attacks from the very beginning at Ho Chi Minh City’s Thong Nhat Stadium with more than 20,000 spectators and 250 reporters.
Kim Jeonghwan scored the match’s only goal for South Korea with a swift attack in the 24th minute from a narrow corner that defeated Hoang Anh Gia Lai’s goalkeeper Van Tien.
Hoang Anh Gia Lai missed a chance to level the score after Kim Seokjin apparently played the ball with his hand but referee Hadimin Shahbuddin did not award Hoang Anh a penalty.
The Vietnamese team organized many attacks but they were unable to score a goal.
Coach Nguyen Quoc Tuan said his players had performed well except for finishing shots.
“I’d like to congratulate South Korea on their victory... South Korea U19 players made the best of their chances,” he said after the match.
Tuan said he was pleased in particular with midfielder Tuan Anh as he has recovered fully from a previous injury.
“We will have to defeat Myanmar for a ticket to the semis,” he said.
Earlier on the same day, Thailand was held by Singapore with a 2-2 draw.
On Sunday, November 22, Myanmar will play against South Korea at 3:30 p.m. and Thailand will play Vietnam at 6 p.m. The latter match will be broadcast live on VTV6.