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8/6/2018 8:02:30 AM

Van Hau scores a brilliant goal, Vietnam claimed champions at U23 int'l tournament

A superb goal from defender Doan Van Hau in the 89th minute helped Vietnam beat Oman 1-0 in the ongoing U23 International Championship - Vinaphone Cup 2018 tournament in Hanoi on August 5.

The only goal by Doan Van Hau (C) helps Vietnam win the U23 International Championship - Vinaphone Cup 2018 title.

The second consecutive victory also helps the team win the trophy with one game in hand as Vietnam take the lead with 6 points after two matches, followed by Palestine U23 with 3 points after the team defeated Uzbekistan U23 2-1 in an early match on Sunday.

Vietnam earned a perfect start with a 2-1 victory over Palestine U23 in the opening match two days earlier. Head coach Park Hang-seo decided to field a completely different squad compared to the previous match, with all 11 new faces entering their second game at My Dinh National Stadium tonight.

However, Vietnamese players still dominated the game from the start with a series of attacks from both wings. But Tien Linh, Van Duc and Minh Vuong missed their opportunities to make a breakthrough.

Oman were quite good in the left wing thanks to the speed and skills from Sulaman. In the last minutes of the first half, Sulaman had a change to open the scoring for Oman but Vietnam’s goalie Bui Tien Dung denied the striker’s effort. The first 45 minutes finished goalless.

In the second half, coach Park sent in four substitutes Van Toan, Van Hau, Dinh Trong and Duc Chinh to strengthen attacks. The changes immediately took effect as attacks on the left wing were improved, thanks to Van Hau and Van Toan’s activeness.

Vietnam bombarded Oman’s goal in the 20 final minutes of the second half but Van Toan’s header hit the bar, while Thanh Chung, Hung Dung and Duc Chinh also missed their opportunities.

As the clock was ticking, it was likely the game would finish goalless, however, substitute Van Hau shone brightly in the 89th minute with a superb left foot finish to give Vietnam the lead.

1-0 was the final result of the match. With 6 points after two matches, Vietnam U23 officially crowned the champions without considering the result of their final game. In the final match on August 7, Park and his players will reunite familiar opponents Uzbekistan U23, who beat Vietnam in the 2018 AFC U23 Asian Cup final early this year./.

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