Friendly match: Vietnam’s leaky defence leads to 1-3 loss to Palestinians

  • November 10, 2014

Cong Vinh was unsuccessful with his close range shot at the beginning of the first half.
Cong Vinh was unsuccessful with his close range shot at the beginning of the first half.

NDO – Vietnam’s men’s national football team failed to deal with threats from Palestine and suffered a 1-3 loss at an international friendly on November 9 in Hanoi.

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Entering the game with support from home fans at My Dinh Stadium, Coach Toshiya Miura’s players created pressure on the guest side.

Vietnamese striker Cong Vinh had a good chance to challenge Palestinian defence but his close range finish in the 20th minute did not turn into a goal.

Though playing under pressure, Palestinian players gradually caught up with the game and made some dangerous counter-attacks on Thanh Binh’s goal. Meanwhile, Palestine’s solid defence line increasingly discouraged Miura’s players.

As soon as the second half started, Vietnam conceded the first goal after an unsuccessful offside trap in the 55th minute; Abuhabib opened the scoring for Palestine.

In the 71st minute, Hisham Salhi made use of a mistake from Vietnam’s defence line to net another goal for his team.

Just ten minutes later, Mahmoud Eld scored the third goal for Palestine with a beautiful close-range finish.

It was not until the 89th minute that Vietnam shortened the lead to 1-3, thanks to substitute Van Quyet.

Speaking with the press after the match, Palestinian Coach Ahmed Alhasan pointed out that Vietnam`s weaknesses in the game were in the defence line. He said that Vietnamese players had good techniques but the defence line played relatively slow.

Meanwhile, Coach Miura also admitted that Vietnam had too many gaps in the defence line that Palestine took advantage of.

Vietnam will next play Malaysia on November 16 in a series of friendly matches in preparation for the AFF Suzuki Cup 2014, scheduled later this month.

Source: NDO


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