|Văn Toàn score his first goal for the national team after five year in the match against India. Photo: vietnamplus.vn|
HCM CITY — Việt Nam beat India 3-0 in the final game of the international friendly tournament at Thống Nhất Stadium, HCM City, finishing the tournament as champions.
The win means that Việt Nam beat every opponent in the tournament without conceding a goal.
Coach Park Hang Seo satisfaction wouldn't have stopped there though. Văn Quyết scored on his return to the national team after four years in the wilderness and Văn Toàn also found the back of the net, five years after his last international goal.
Unlike the previous match against Singapore, coach Park fielded his strongest squad against India.
The South Korean coach made ten changes to the starting lineup, with Quang Hải, Công Phượnng, and Văn Đức al starting.
The home team took control from the kickoff, pressing the Indian side back.
In the 10th minute, from a Công Phượng corner kick, India's goalkeeper Sandhu punched the ball straight towards Văn Đức in the penalty area.
The striker took the ball on the volley to open the scoring for the hosts. Settled, Việt Nam played more controlled and patient play.
In the last minutes of the first half, the visitors had opportunities to equalise, but goalkeeper Văn Lâm and the defenders kept them at bay.
In the second half, Văn Toàn replaced Công Phượng, and it took just four minutes for Toàn to have an impact.
Toàn's speed helped him take advantage of Anwar Ali's mistake in his own half. Stealing the ball, he went one-on-one with Sandhu and neatly slipped the ball past him and into the gaping goal, his first goal for the national side since a game against Afghanistan in the Asian Cup qualifying round in March 2017.
In the 72nd minute, Bùi Hoàng Việt Anh crossed the ball from the right wing. Văn Quyết took two touches, one to control the other and the other to fire it into the back of the net.
The hosts finished the tournament with seven goals scored, and three conceded.
Coach Park couldn't have hoped for a more perfect outcome before the AFF Suzuki Cup in December. VNS