After losing 0-2 to Japan on April 7, Viet Nam’s 2008 Beijing Olympics campaign took another blow yesterday as Korea beat them 2-1 at home.
|Viet Nam (in red) started off well but couldn’t hold Korea off|
The visitors played offensively with long balls at the outset but the host side took the lead 25 minutes into the game when playmaker Kim Chi out-jumped Korean defenders before heading a left corner into the net.
Korea rallied strongly, but could not break the host side’s resistance in the remainder of the first half.
The game was tied at 1-1 soon after the break, however, when Kim Ju Hea outflanked Vietnamese defender Ngoc Anh, before delivering a perfect long cross to Ji So Yun, who finished with a precise header to the net in the 56th minute.
The visitors took advantage of the Vietnamese team’s fatigue in the second half to take a 2-1 lead over them when Ji So Yun scored a penalty goal following a foul against Kim Ju Hea by Vietnamese defender Dao Thi Mien inside the box.
“It was really disappointing for us after such a good start. We were well prepared for the game but Korea played a strong offensive game and overcame our resistance to their highballs”, coach Ngo Le Bang said after the match.