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Qualifiers - Group K: Vietnam leave it late, Thailand impress 

Sunday, March 24, 2019
Indonesia v Vietnam - 2020 AFC U23 Championship Qualifiers

Hanoi: Vietnam left it late to secure a 1-0 win over a resilient Indonesia, while Thailand's buildup to the 2020 AFC U23 Championship continued impressively as they beat Brunei Darussalam 8-0 on Matchday Two of Group K on Sunday. 

Vietnam and Thailand are now tied on six points after two consecutive wins and will face off on Tuesday to decide the group winners.

Thailand, however, are through by virtue of being the host for the Finals, and in the event the young War Elephants finish as group winners, Vietnam would need to advance as one of the best five second-placed finishers instead.

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A dramatic strike by Trieu Viet Hung in the fourth minute of second half added time secured Vietnam their late win at the My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi.

Vietnam, runners-up in 2018, found Indonesia a tougher nut to crack after having strolled to a 6-0 win over Brunei in their opening match.

Vietnam, with talismanic head coach Park Hang-seo calling the shots, found it extremely difficult to find a way past Indonesian goalkeeper Satria Tama Hardiyanto and sent on Dinh Thanh Binh 40 minutes minutes but the forward made no direct impact before the break.

Both sides changed players in the hope of breaking the deadlock but it Vietnam's perseverance that was finally rewarded just when it looked like the match would end in a draw.

Four minutes into stoppage time, Viet Hung sent the home crowd into raptures that he found the net in dramatic fashion to secure the win.


Thailand shrugged off a difficult first half to hit an impressive high in the second 45 minutes.

The young War Elephants opened the scoring midway through the first half with Supachok Chaided finding the back of the net on 21 minutes.

Thailand, however, failed to beat Brunei goalkeeper Haimie Anak Nyaring again throughout the half.

Rejuvenated from the breather, Thailand dominated the second half with seven goals.

The goal action began as early as the 49th minute, with Thai rising star Supachai Chaided doubling thir lead.

Suphanat Mueanta came off the bench in the 57th minute, and made an impact within seconds to make it 3-0.

Thailand head coach Alexandre Da Gama Lima sent on Anon Amornlertsak in the 62nd minute and he too scored almost immediately.

Supachai then regained the spotlight when he completed his hat-trick with back-to-back goals in the 67th and 72nd minutes.

Even defender Saringkan Promsupa got into the action to score Thailand's seventh goal of the night in the 76th minute and an own goal by Brunei's goalkeeper Haimie in stoppage time ended proceedings.

Brunei will hope to make a strong exit against Indonesia on Tuesday.

Photos: Vietnam Football Federation

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