Vietnam takes 2nd win at U19 regional football championship

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Vietnam beat Malaysia 1-0 Thursday after a 3-2 win over Thailand two days earlier at the on-going Under-19 Southeast Asian Football Championship 2013 in Indonesia.

 The Malaysian boys made good use of their better physical strength, causing a lot of difficulty for the Vietnamese team in the first half.

Right winger Vu Van Thanh did not play very well in the game, causing the Vietnamese midfield to slack compared to the Malaysian U19s. The Vietnamese coaching staff replaced Thanh with Thanh Tung, helping the Vietnamese team play better with more attacks in the second half.

After wasting several scoring chances, the Vietnamese U19s found the Malaysians' net after right back Hong Duy sent a rebound into the goal following a ricochet of Van Toan's powerful shot off the defenders. The only goal of the match earned Vietnam a win.

Two days earlier, the Vietnamese U19s came back from a goal down to beat the Thai team 3-2. Thailand scored the opener after two minutes, but Vietnam then scored three goals before the break and the Thai U19s scored their second goal of the match in the final minutes.

Speaking to Thanh Nien, assistant coach Nguyen Quoc Tuan said, "The two wins over Thailand and Malaysia gave Vietnam an advantage on the road to winning a semifinal berth. However, the coaching staff consider this contest a chance for the young players to train; so the players need to learn from their mistakes to play better in the two remaining group stage matches.

"At the event this year, the other Southeast Asian teams have made very good preparations and there are not many big gaps between the stronger and weaker teams, so the Vietnamese players should learn from their experiences in the first two games to play better in the coming games."

Tuan said head coach Graechen Guillume has asked the players to concentrate more on their shots because the young Vietnamese players wasted several clear scoring chances in the games against Thailand and Malaysia.

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