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Half-time rally key to Vietnam win, says Van Su

Chonburi: Vietnam ace Ngan Thi Van Su has revealed that a rousing half-time talk was key to her side’s 2-0 win over Thailand at the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019 on Sunday.

Despite seeing their opponents dominate much of the first period, Vietnam held the hosts at bay throughout an entertaining opening 45 minutes at a damp Chonburi Stadium.

However, after a spirited dressing-room discussion between both players and head coach Ijiri Akira, Nguyen Thi Tuyet Ngan’s penalty and a late strike from Van Su subsequently saw Vietnam seal a crucial opening day success – a victory which leaves the 2004 quarter-finalists occupying second spot in the Group A standings.

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“At half-time both the players and our head coach helped lift the team spirit together,” declared the Hanoi Women’s Football Club forward.

“We said that we had just been warming up in the first half and that in the second half we would try even harder [to beat Thailand].

“I am very happy about the game, as I did not believe we would win by two clear goals. The Thai team was a very good one so I am delighted with the result.”

Group A: Thailand vs Vietnam

Vietnam have precious little time to rest on their laurels though, with Wednesday’s encounter with former title winners DPR Korea – who beat Australia 5-1 on Matchday One – already looming large on the horizon.

While the prospect of facing the Koreans is undoubtedly a daunting one, Van Su and her teammates remain fully focussed on realising their group stage ambitions.

“Me and my team want to get four points [from our group stage matches] and reach the semi-finals,” she said.

“If we play like we did today [against Thailand] we can defeat any opponent.”

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