China’s Under-21 team won the Thanh Nien Newspaper International U-21 Football Tournament after defeating U-19 Vietnam 4-2 in the final Oct. 18 in the southern province of Binh Duong.
China’s Under-21 hold up the trophy at Go Dau Stadium in Binh Duong Province on Sunday (Photo: SGGP)
The Chinese side took the lead with a goal by striker Tan Tian Cheng in the 10th minute. He doubled the gap seven minutes later.
The younger Vietnamese side sought to approach the other side’s goal. Midfielder Ngo Hoang Thinh scored in the 40th minute and Nguyen Hai Huy equalized with a strong shot just outside the penalty area shortly before the break.
The crowd at Go Dau Stadium in Binh Duong sounded exciting as the Vietnamese players, under 19, could fire twice into the net of hot favorites China in a short time.
The home side could only maintain their fitness till half of the second half. Xinli pushed China U-21 ahead again in the 71st minute while the home side could not keep their defending as good as before.
Tan Tian Cheng completed his hat-trick in the 90th minute.
The Chinese won the title at their first attempt, and received US$15,000 and the trophy.
The Vietnamese U-19 team were awarded with VND100 million (US$5,500 USD), the US$1,000 fair-play award and a cash bonus of VND150 million from the Vietnam Football Federation.
In the earlier third-place match, the Vietnam U-21 team beat the U-21 team of Singapore 2-1.
The tournament, organized by Thanh Nien Newspaper and approved by the Asian Football Confederation, started on Oct. 9, drawing four junior teams from China, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. The other two teams were Vietnam U-19 and Vietnam U-21.