Vietnam trounce the Philippines at regional futsal championship opener

Saturday, 2017-10-28 04:50:47
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Vietnam's futsal team (in red) earned a good start at the 2017 AFF Futsal Championship on home field with a record win 24-0 against the Philippines (in blue) on October 27. (Credit: vff.org.vn)
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NDO – Hosts Vietnam won a superb start with a record of 24 goals against the Philippines at the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Futsal Championship - HDBank Cup 2017, which officially opened in Ho Chi Minh City on October 27.

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Playing at a higher level, the hosts overwhelmed their opponents in their opening match in Group A over the Philippines at Phu Tho Stadium yesterday evening. Although playing hard, Filipino players only created a few chances on the home side’s ground and rarely delivered a finish, making it easy for Vietnam’s goalkeeper.

Meanwhile, the Philippines’ inexperienced defensive line had to struggle to cope with strong attacks from Vietnam. Only after the first two minutes, the home broke the Philippines’ net thanks to Quoc Hung’s goal. The early goal began the “rain of goals” after that by Coach Miguel Rodrigo's players.

In the first half, the Vietnamese futsal team scored ten goals against the Philippines thanks to Quoc Hung (2', 3'), Minh Tri (4'), Trong Luan (5'), Thai Huy (10', 19'), Duc Hoa (11'), Tri Kiet (13'), Dinh Hung (16 ') and Ngoc Son (18'). In the second half, the home team scored another 14 goals by Minh Tri (21'), Quoc Nam (24', 25'), Quoc Hung (27', 37 '), Van Toan (28'), Ngoc Son (29’), Thai Huy (33', 34'), Duc Hoa (35', 36') and Van Vu (40 ') to earn a record win 24-0.

Later this evening, the hosts will next play Indonesia, who also trounced Brunei 9-0 in the early Group A match yesterday evening. A day earlier, Indonesia also defeated the Philippines 21-0.

The week-long championship brings together nine teams from across Southeast Asia, with Vietnam, Indonesia, Brunei, Myanmar and the Philippines making up Group A, while Thailand, Laos, Malaysia and Timor Leste competing in Group B.

The participants will play in a round robin group stage to decide the top two teams that will progress into the semifinals.

The tournament is jointly held by the VFF and Radio the Voice of Vietnam and also serves as the qualifiers for the 2018 Asian Football Confederation Futsal Championship, with the four places being granted to the four semifinalists.

At the opening ceremony, the organising board presented VND300 million to the Central Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front to support locals in the central region affected by the recent natural disasters.

Prior to that, from October 26, the championship kicked off with early matches seeing Thailand and Malaysia earn early tickets in Group B to progress into the top four team round after their first two consecutive wins with one match remaining.

Thailand won 14-0 against Laos on October 26 and 17-2 against Timor Leste yesterday, while Malaysia beat Timor Leste 7-2 and defeated Laos 6-3, respectively. This is not surprising given the fact that these two teams own the dominant force compared to the other opponents in Group B.