Viet Nam defeat Thailand to keep SEA Games men’s football crown
|Forward Nham Manh Dung heads home a Tuan Tai cross to bring Vietnam to the overall victory. (Photo: NDO/Thanh Dat)|
After the whistle, there were several chances for Viet Nam, and the Vietnamese young men failed to turn them into goals in the first minutes. Thailand then regained the balance in the ball control, and the two teams had a tit-for-tat first half.
In the second half, Viet Nam’s head coach Park Hang-seo sent in forward Nham Manh Dung (17), and the substitution proved effective.
In the 82nd munute, Tuan Tai (12) created a good pass from the left, and Dung rose high to make an unstoppable header to the far high corner of the net of Thailand to score the only goal of the match, much to the excitement of the nearly 30,000 spectators who packed the My Dinh National Stadium to its full capacity.
Before the match, Viet Nam were the reigning champions of U23 men’s football in Southeast Asia after the SEA Games 30 held in 2019 in the Philippines.