Viet Nam scores first win in U16 qualifier
|Viet Nam defeated Indonesia at the 2014 Asian Football Confederation Under-16 Championship's qualifying round. Photo courtesy of VFF
HA NOI - Viet Nam had a win at the 2014 Asian Football Confederation Under-16 Championships' qualifying round yesterday in Malaysia.
The Vietnamese side defeated Indonesia 2-1 in the first round match of group J, earning three points and ranking second.
Pham Trong Hoa opened the scoring after Viet Nam were awarded a penalty 10 minutes into the clash at the Kuala Lumpur Stadium. They added a second with just eight minutes left to play.
Indonesian substitute Riyanto, who replaced midfielder Habib Arif Fadhilla at the 58th minute, reduced the deficit in the last seconds of the game, but it was too little too late for Indonesia as Viet Nam held on to win.
Earlier, regional powerhouse Japan easily trounced the Philippines 9-0 to top the group.
In the next match, Viet Nam will play Japan while Indonesia face the Philippines tomorrow. - VNS/AFC