Vietnam thrashes Taiwan in Asian U19 Football qualifying opener

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Vietnam thrashed Taiwan 6-1 in their Group F opener at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-19 Qualifiers in Malaysia on Thursday.

After watch Australia hammer Hong Kong 7-0 in an earlier match, the Vietnamese boys managed to net 6 goals without injured stars Xuan Truong and Van Thiet.

Knowing they were not as strong as the Vietnamese side, the Taiwanese U19s played defensively.

The Vietnamese team took the lead after 14 minutes when the team's two best strikers Van Toan and Cong Phuong combined superbly to assist Cong Phuong send the ball into the back of the Taiwanese net.

Midfielders Van Son, Thanh Tung, Tuan Anh, Duy Manh and Duc Huy also played brilliantly and Vietnam had the second goal eight minutes later. Van Son from the midfield shot a long-range pass to striker Van Toan, who gave it a fantastic finish.

The Vietnamese players continued dominating after the break before Cong Phuong scored two more goals to earn a hat-trick and Van Toan scored another goal to get a brace in this match. Lam Ti Phong then scored Vietnam's sixth goal in the match.

The Vietnamese boys also wasted several clear chances and could have had a lot more goals.

The Vietnamese players did not concentrate enough in the final minutes and Lai Chi Hsuan converted the chance to pull one goal back for Taiwan.

Speaking to Thanh Nien, coach Guillaume Graechen said, "We have taken a win but the road ahead will still be very hard. The Australian U19s are a very strong team. The Australian players displayed a simple performance [against Hong Kong]; but their finishes were very good.

"It will not be easy to play well and get a good result in the game against Australia, but we will do our best."

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