Vietnamese U19s look better against Spurs after thumping by Japan

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Vietnam lost 2-3 to the English Premier club Tottenham Hotspur on the closing day of the Under-19 NutiFood Cup international football tournament in Ho Chi Minh City Friday.

Although it was a loss, it looked much better than the 7-0 defeat to  Japan two days earlier.

The Spurs scored the opener after 15 minutes but the Vietnamese players did not give up. They scored two goals after the break to lead 2-1.

But then the visitors from England leveled the score when Filip Lesniak was successful from the penalty spot after Vietnam defender Van Khanh tackled Nathan Oduwa in the penalty area.

The Spurs had their third goal to win the game after Dong Trieu of Vietnam scored an own goal during an attack from the visitors.

Speaking after the game, Vietnam's U19 team coach Guillaume Graechen said: "We are not happy with the result because we wanted to win this game. Unfortunately, my players wasted several scoring chances. The goal from the penalty spot was just a moment of lack of concentration."

In the tournament's earlier match that day, Japan's U19 team took a 1-0 win over the counterparts from Italia's Series A club AS Roma to win the tournament's championship and a cash prize of US$100,000.

AS Roma's U19s took second place and received a cash prize of $70,000 while the Spurs were third with a cash prize of $50,000. Vietnam's 19s finished at the bottom with all three losses.

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