Vietnam beats Iran 6-1 in Women’s Asian Cup qualifier

Monday, 2017-04-10 11:49:22
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Vietnam (white) beating Iran 6-1 on April 9 in Hanoi.
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NDO/VNA – Vietnam earned its third win at the 2018 Women’s Asian Cup qualification, beating Iran 6-1 on April 9 in Hanoi.

The hosts were under severe pressure before the match to reclaim the top position, which went to Myanmar, beating Singapore 6-0 in an earlier match.

The Vietnamese team needed to win and create a gap of three goals to ensure victory. The team, however, received a shock just eight minutes into the game, when Zahra Ghanbani opened the score sheet with an incredible free kick. It was the first goal loss that Vietnam suffered at the match.

However, Coach Mai Duc Chung’s girls bounced back immediately. They took seven minutes to level the score with Nguyen Thi Tuyet Dung, creating a chance for teammate Hai Yen to head the second goal.

The Vietnam team was in total control in the second half. Huynh Nhu took the score to 3-1, 20 minutes after the interval. Nguyen Thi Hoa netted from a straight shot before Yen grabbed her second goal. Nhu concluded with a finish that went over keeper Suleimani’s head to the net.

The third win pushes Vietnam back to the top position in Group D with nine points. Myanmar is in second place, with the same points but a narrower goal difference.

In the final group round match, the top two teams will play each other. Vietnam needs only a draw to qualify for the Asian Cup finals next year.