Update: 11:59 | 26/10/2018
Vietnam’s U19 women football team enjoyed its first victory after defeating Malaysia 2-1 in the first qualifying round of Group E at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U19 Women’s Championship, held in Hanoi on October 24.
Tipped as the favorites, Vietnam piled on the pressure from the opening whistle.
Surprisingly, Malaysia scored the first goal in the middle of the first half after a counter-attack from the right corner of the field.
Strong performance: Vietnam’s U19 women celebrate their first victory at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U19 Women’s Championship.
Vietnam ended the first half in confusion. However, at the 59th minute, receiving a pass, Tuyet Ngan overtook her rival and aimed high, equalizing for Vietnam.
Feeling fresh motivation, Vietnam went on the attack and found a winner just 10 minutes later. After a pass from the left corner of the field, Nguyen Thi Hoa showed up just in time and scored one more goal for Vietnam.
With this victory, Vietnam had a smooth start in the qualifying round of the tournament.
The qualifiers of Group E is taking place in the capital city of Hanoi from October 24-28 with teams from Jordan, Singapore, Malaysia, and Vietnam competing. Host Vietnam will then play Singapore on October 26, and Jordan on October 28.
The AFC U19 Women’s Championship qualifying round consists of 27 teams, including the hosts of the event’s final round, Thailand. They are divided into six groups and will play in a round-robin format in the group stage to decide winners and two best second-placed teams. The top eight teams of the first qualifier round will progress to the second round, where the four top teams will then advance to the finals, together with Japan, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, China, and Thailand.