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Japan held, Vietnam defeat Thailand, India fall to Curacao

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Toyota: Japan dominated but were left frustrated by Trinidad and Tobago goalkeeper Marvin Phillip as Wednesday's international friendly ended in a 0-0 draw. 

Japan attacked from the first blow of the whistle but could not find a way past the Trinidad defence and Phillip.

Japan next take on El Salvador at Hitomebore Stadium Miyagi on Sunday before leaving for the Copa America, which gets under way on June 14.

Japan will play in Group C of the Copa America with Chile, Ecuador and Uruguay also in the fray. Asian champions Qatar will play in Group B with Argentina, Colombia and Paraguay to contend with.

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Buriram: Vietnam edged Thailand with a late goal while Curacao registered a comfortable 3-1 victory over India in the Thailand King's Cup.

Vietnam and Thailand played some cagey football to deny each other a goal for the first 90 minutes of the match before Anh Duc settled matters with a 94th minute goal to hand Vietnam a 1-0 win.

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Vietnam played the brighter football in the first half and created several chances but failed to find the back of the net.

Thailand came closest to scoring in the first half when Supachai Jaided's shot came off the bar in the 17th minute.

The second half saw Thailand come out looking stronger, making the Vietnam defence work hard.

However, just as both team were bracing for a penalty shootout to decide the tie, Anh Duc scored against the run of play in the fourth minute of added time to seal the win and book Vietnam a place in Saturday's final against Curacao.

Curacao were dominant from the start against India, with Bonevacia, Elson Hooi and Bacuna scoring a goal apiece.

Indian skipper Sunil Chhetri, who became the most capped Indian footballer with his 108th appearance, marked the occasion with a goal but failed to inspire a comeback.

Bonevacia made the most of an off day for the Indian defence which was found napping on several occasions in the first half.

The first goal came in the 14th minute when Bonevacia tapped in a Nepomuceno cross to hand Curacao the lead. Three minutes later, Elson Hooi’s perfect run left the Indian defence gasping for breath and once the number 18 had beaten a charging Gurpreet Singh, it was a matter of time before he doubled Curacao’s lead.

India desperately needed a stroke of luck to arrest the slide and it came their way in the 30th minute. Sahal was brought down while trying to control a cross in the box, resulting in the referee awarding India a penalty which was smartly converted by Chhetri.

Two minutes later though, Bacuna scored another goal and there was to be no comeback from India in the second half.

Photos: Football Association of Japan, Football Association of Thailand

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