Vietnam holds North Korea 1-1 in friendly

By Thanh Thang, Thanh Nien News

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Vietnam players had a good performance in a friendly match against North Korea at the My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi on May 17. Photo: Minh Tu Vietnam players had a good performance in a friendly match against North Korea at the My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi on May 17. Photo: Minh Tu

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Vietnam had good warm-up for the World Cup’s qualifying with a 1-1 draw against North Korea in a friendly match at Hanoi’s My Dinh Stadium on Sunday.
Vietnam’s Coach Toshiya Miura has picked his best formation with midfielders Minh Tuan and Trong Hoang on both sides coordinating well with strikers Cong Vinh and Hai Anh.
However, facing a mighty North Korea, Vietnam mostly defended in the first half.
In the second half, Van Quyet, Quang Hai and Mac Hong Quan were sent to the field to ignite sharp attacks for Vietnam.
In the 63rd minute, Mac Hong Quan scored a goal for Vietnam from a good coordination with Van Quyet that defeated several North Korean defenders and goalkeeper Ri Myong Guk.
North Korea leveled the score in the 83rd minute from a penalty by Hong Kum Song, after Huy Cuong played the ball with his hand in the box.
At the briefing after the match, Vietnam’s Coach Miura said his players had a good match in preparation for the coming World Cup’s qualifying.
“My players managed to do one thing that I told them before the match – causing difficulties for North Korea. The strikers’ coordination was pretty good but they only scored one goal.”
Meanwhile, North Korea’s Coach Kim Chang Bok said he was impressed with Cong Vinh, Van Quyet and Hai Anh of Vietnam.
“We did not have a win but I am pleased with the result because they played with their best,” he said.
Vietnam will have a friendly match against Hai Phong at My Dinh Stadium on May 18 before flying to Thailand for the World Cup 2018’s qualifying match on May 24.

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