Vietnam crushes Macau 7-0 at AFC Championship qualifying

By Quang Huy, Thanh Nien News

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Vietnam's Cong Phuong (10) had a hat-trick in a match against Macau at Malaysia's Shah Alam Stadium on March 31. Photo: Bach Duong Vietnam's Cong Phuong (10) had a hat-trick in a match against Macau at Malaysia's Shah Alam Stadium on March 31. Photo: Bach Duong

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Two hat-tricks by Cong Phuong and Thanh Binh has secured Vietnam’s win over Macau at the 2016 Asian Football Council U-23 Championship at Malaysia’s Shah Alam Stadium on Tuesday.
Vietnam took an early lead in the 3rd minute by Ho Ngoc Thang who passed Macau defenders to receive a header and scored with a left foot shot.
Two minutes later, Thanh Binh scored the second goal for Vietnam after defeating Macau goalkeeper Ho Man Fai.
The match was suspended in the 7th minute due to heavy rain at Shah Alam Stadium before being resumed around one and a half hour.
In the 19th minute, striker Cong Phuong scored his first goal in the match after getting the ball from poor coordination of Macau defenders.
Two minutes later, Thanh Binh scored fourth goal for Vietnam from a close distance shot in the empty net after receiving a pass from Ngoc Thang past Macau goalkeeper Ho Man Fai.
Thanh Binh completed his hat-trick in the 43rd minute.
Cong Phuong scored his second goal in the last minute of the first half from a penalty kick after Ngoc Thang was brought down in the box.
Vietnam continued to pressure on Macau’s goalkeeper in the second half, but it was only in the extra minute that Cong Phuong completed his hat-trick with a skillful shot.
Asked about his feeling after completing a hat-trick, Thanh Binh said “It was result of the whole team and not only me. We would like to dedicate the victory to our fans.”
Meanwhile, Coach Toshiya Miura said he is waiting for results from other matches before knowing if Vietnam could be qualified for the final rounds of the tournament. “It’s 50-50 chance,” he said.
Vietnam ranked second in Group I, sharing six points with Japan.
A total of 43 teams entered the qualification tournament and were drawn into ten groups of five or four teams.
The ten group winners and best five runners-up from all groups will be qualified for the final tournament that will be host in Qatar from January 12–30, 2016.

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