Vietnam beat Syria 2-0 in football friendly

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Cong Vinh (R) celebrates a goal against Syria in a friendly match in Hanoi on May 31. Photo: Le Tan Cong Vinh (R) celebrates a goal against Syria in a friendly match in Hanoi on May 31. Photo: Le Tan

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Cong Vinh and Van Quyet scored for Vietnam as they defeated Syria 2-0 in an international football friendly at Hanoi’s My Dinh Stadium Tuesday.
Ranked 111th by FIFA, 35 places higher than their opponents, Syria piled on the pressure in the early stages.
But with Xuan Truong and Tuan Anh coordinating well in midfield, soon Vietnam began to launch attacks.
In the 34th minute Vinh headed home from a pass by Thanh Luong.
Near the end of the first half Quyet got a pass from Truong and slotted the ball past goalkeeper Ibrahim Almeh to score the second for Vietnam.
Syrian coach Ayman Alhakim was not happy with the results, saying his players had not prepared well for the match.
“We have three injured players after the national league … Our country is embroiled in a war and we are facing many difficulties in playing at home.”
Alhakim said his players only performed at around 30 percent of their capability.
But he praised Anh and Truong for organizing sharp attacks.
Vietnam, led by coach Huu Thang, will fly to Myanmar for the AYA Bank Cup in Yangon from June 3 to 6.
They play Hong Kong for a ticket to the semis. The other match will be between Singapore and Myanmar.

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