India end friendly tournament with 3-0 loss against Vietnam
India ended up on the losing side as they lost 3-0 in their final match of the Hung Thinh friendly tournament against hosts Vietnam at the Thong Nhat stadium in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam on Tuesday.
An early first half goal by Van Duc (10’) followed by two second half goals from Van Toan (49’) and Van Quyet (70’) were enough to hand Vietnam the victory as India fell short against the dominating and an attack-minded Vietnamese side.
The Blue Tigers were dealt with an early blow as hosts Vietnam struck the opener within the opening 10 minutes of the game as Phan Van Duc hit a sweet volley after a rebound from the corner into the bottom corner to give his side the lead.
Vietnam were stretching from one end of the pitch to the other as their one-goal lead shot up their confidence and they looked lively with the ball.
India put up a solid counter attack through Akash Mishra darting through the left flank as the defender found Ashique Kuruniyan inside the box, but the latter’s volleyed shot was wide of the mark.
Vietnam continued their attacking foray against India but defender Chinglensana Singh was well equipped to intercept a goal-setting cross from Tan Tai and later on made an excellent clearance to avert the danger.
Playing across the pitch and constantly searching for outlets, Akash Mishra whipped in a cross for Sunil Chhetri inside the box but the striker’s header missed the frame in what was the best chance for the men in blue.
FULL-TIME! We come to the end of the match as the referee blows his whistle. Not the best day for us, but the boys earned some valuable experience from these friendlies.— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) September 27, 2022
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The Golden Star Warriors started the second half strongly and piled misery on the Blue Tigers as they found their second goal of the night within the opening five minutes of the second half. Substitute Nguyen Van Toan chased an aerial ball, dribbled past Anwar Ali and comfortably slot it past Gurpreet Singh Sandhu to give his side a two-goal cushion.
Vietnam ensured their dominance over Igor Stimac’s men as they kept the larger share of the possession while India looked for openings via counter attacks.
Park Hang-seo’s men pounced on a golden opportunity and netted their third of the night after a sloppy clearance from a corner fell to Nguyen Van Quyet who curled it past the near post to make it 3-0 in the 70th minute.
With this defeat, head coach Igor Stimac will be keen on recuperating his side’s strength and get them back to their best form as the AFC Asia Cup is round the corner.