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Vietnam defeat Pakistan 3-0 in ASIAD opener
By Vu Duc
Tuesday,  Aug 14, 2018,20:08 (GMT+7)

Vietnam defeat Pakistan 3-0 in ASIAD opener

By Vu Duc

Vietnam’s striker Nguyen Quang Hai and his teammates celebrate after defeating Pakistan in the ASIAD men’s football event at Wibawa Mukti Stadium, Indonesia today - PHOTO: TTXVN

HCMC – Vietnam’s U23 football team started their Asian Games 2018 (ASIAD) campaign with a 3-0 victory over Pakistan in Indonesia today, August 14.

Vietnam began in high spirit and were confident from the beginning while Pakistan played defensively and relied on rare counter attacks.

Vietnam coach Park Hang-seo’s players dominated ball possession and had many goal scoring opportunities but it was until the 21st minute when striker Nguyen Quang Hai opened the score with an unstoppable kick in the penalty area.

Striker Nguyen van Quyet doubled the lead in the 41st minute before midfielder Nguyen Cong Phuong failed to convert a penalty kick just four minutes later.

The Vietnamese side continuously dominated ball possession in the second half while Pakistan organized attacks on the Vietnamese defense line. Cong Phuong netted the score for Vietnam in the 73rd minute after receiving the ball from midfielder Phan Van Duc.

Despite strong attacks, Vietnamese players created some scoring chances in the first half but they were not converted into goals, leaving the score at 3-0 upon the referee’s final whistle.

Vietnam will next play Nepal on August 16 in their second Group D match and then Japan on August 19.

The men’s football competition, which will conclude on September 1, features 26 teams in two groups of five and four groups of four. The top two teams from each group and the four best third-place teams will advance to the second round.

At the 17th ASIAD in 2014 in South Korea, Vietnam, coached by Japanese Toshiya Miura, cruised to the knockout stages where they were beaten by the United Arab Emirates.

The 2018 Asian Games, also known as the 18th ASIAD, which will be held from August 18 to September 2 in the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang, is a multi-sport event held every four years among athletes from Asia.

A total of 465 events in 40 sports will be contested by athletes, making it the largest event in the history of the Games.

Vietnam has some 353 athletes, coaches, referees and officials in Asia’s biggest sporting event.

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