Quang Hai is clearly the savior of the Vietnamese football team, especially in the Vietnam Football Federation Cup match played yesterday, crushing the Lao team with a 4-0 win.
The victory increases the host country’s chance in winning the tournament.
When Cong Vinh and Viet Thang suffered injuries, Quang Hai, number 3 in the diagram striker of Coach Phan Thanh Hung performed a miracle in time and brought victory for the home team.
Although discursive play struggled to reconcile the gap on the field, the outburst of the individuals helped home team make up by 4 goals to win against the weakest opponents.
Striker Nguyen Quang Hai scored two goals in the first half and Nguyen Trong Hoang and Huynh Quoc Anh each added one in the second half to the delight of home fans.
The victory gives Vietnam their first three points and makes the last round on Sunday more interesting as those matches will determine the winners of the competition.
"My players played better today but I am not happy because the defense still left some space for the opposition to exploit," Phan Thanh Hung, Vietnam's head coach, said.
|Photo: Quang Hai (13) scored two goals against Laos (Photo: SGGP)|
The Lao manager Kokichi Kimura said that his team did not play well and he has a lot of work to do to improve their game.
It was a confident Laos who started the match and had the first chance. However Vietnam was keen to make amends for their disappointing defeat at the hands of Turkmenistan two days ago, and they quickly found their rhythm.
Hai grabbed the game's opening goal when he beat the offside trap to collect a fine floating pass from Nguyen Vu Phong and stroked the ball into the net. He should have doubled his tally in the 27th minute, but wasted it away. He made no mistake five minutes later; doubling the score from the spot after Lao keeper had pulled Luong down in the penalty area.
Hung made two super substitutions in the second half, with attacker Hoang and winger Anh putting the game beyond doubt.
In the day's other fixtures, South Korea's U23 team trounced Turkmenistan 4-0 to lead the competition with six points from their two games.
A draw against Vietnam in the last match on Sunday is enough for the South Koreans to lift the trophy.