VN win friendly, lose key player for World Cup

Viet Nam News

HÀ N?I — Nguy?n Quang H?i’s perfect free kick helped Vi?t Nam’s U20 team beat Fortuna 05 Dusseldorf’s U19 squad 4-1 in their last friendly match on Wednesday in Germany.

H?i, who started from the bench in the previous matches, began in the first line-up in this game and assisted striker Nguy?n Ti?n Linh to score the opener early in the first half.

The visiting team had no difficulty setting up their domination.

Substitute Hà Ð?c Chinh scored the second goal following the interval.

T?n Sinh made it 3-0 from a free kick minutes before H?i sealed the game with another goal.

The hosts tried to fight back but they could only manage one goal towards the end of the first half.

Vi?t Nam completed their two-week training in Germany with two wins and one loss. However, the team suffered a major loss, with midfielder Bùi Ti?n D?ng, a key player under coach Hoàng Anh Tu?n’s plan, breaking his collarbone.

Doctors said he would need up to one month to recover.

This means D?ng may miss his chance to compete at the upcoming FIFA U20 World Cup in South Korea from May 22 to June 11.

D?ng is a player with good form and endurance. With his strong playing style, he plays an important role in Vi?t Nam’s counterattack tactics.

Tu?n also has problems with two other players — T?n Tài and Thái Quý — who are suffering from injuries that require them to rest for one to two weeks.

The Vietnamese team will return home on April 28. They will stay in Bình Duong to prepare for a friendly match against Argentina’s U20 squad on May 10.

In the World Cup, Vi?t Nam are in Group E with France, New Zealand and Honduras. — VNS

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