It was a actuality test for the 104th ranked Indians after three convincing wins in June within the Asian Cup qualifiers and a 1-1 draw in opposition to Singapore on this match on Saturday as they had been actually outplayed by the 97th ranked Vietnam within the second half.
Phan Van Duc (tenth), Nguyen Van Toan (forty ninth) and Nguyen Van Quyet (seventieth) scored for Vietnam to no reply from the Indians whose defenders had a mediocre outing, particularly within the second half.
The Indians, nevertheless, had been on equal phrases with their opponents within the first half solely to be blown away within the second session.
Vietnam received the match with two wins from as many matches. They’d additionally thrashed Singapore 4-0 of their opening match.
India and Vietnam had performed many memorable matches previously, one amongst them being the 2002 LG Cup closing which India triumphed 3-1 having come again from behind to win the trophy.
India and Vietnam final met in 2010 in a world pleasant in Pune with the Blue Tigers operating out 3-1 winners with Chhetri scoring a hat-trick.
However since then, Vietnam soccer has been on the ascendancy and so they have been in a position to compete with the highest groups of the continent. Earlier this yr, they reached the ultimate spherical of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and in addition made it to the final eight stage of the 2019 Asian Cup.
The house facet didn’t take lengthy to surge forward with Phan Van Duc discovering the goal within the tenth minute. The objective, although, might have been averted had keeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and central defender Sandesh Jhingan communicated properly.
Each Gurpreet and Jhingan, who was within the beginning eleven after sitting out the final match as a result of late arrival on account of visa points, went for the ball off a nook however the Indian goalie might lay his arms on it.
Jhingan’s header in some way fell in the midst of the Indian field and Van Duc’s sharp left-footer bulged the online at the same time as Gurpreet managed a faint contact.
Only a minute earlier than the strike, Gurpreet needed to dive full stretch to his proper to avoid wasting one other shot from a Vietnam attacker.
Vietnam went on the offensive however India additionally progressively got here to their very own and so they had two clear scoring possibilities within the first half, courtesy high-quality assists from Akash Mishra who was very good on the left channel.
Within the twenty sixth minute, Mishra was within the thick of an Indian counter-attack and he despatched an outstanding cross to Ashique Kuruniyan, on the fringe of the Vietnam field on the left facet. Kuruniyan’s volley beat the goalie however went inches broad off the Vietnam far submit.
Even nearer than Kuruniyan’s effort was that of skipper Sunil Chhetri simply earlier than the half time whistle was blown.
Mishra chipped one from the broad left for Chhetri, who guided his header in direction of the far submit, however missed it by a whisker. The veteran striker reacted with disbelief with arms on his head.
Vietnam pressed onerous simply as they got here out after resumption and so they had a few pictures on the Indian objective.
The second objective from Vietnam got here 4 minutes after resumption as Nguyen Van Toan received an aerial duel with Anwar Ali after which beat Gurpreet with a shot.
By the sixty fifth minute, head coach Igor Stimac substituted Chhetri, Udanta Singh, Chinglensana with Brandon Fernandes, Liston Colaco and Roshan Singh however there was no change in India’s fortune with Vietnam scoring their third 5 minutes later.
Van Quyet was gifted the ball from a headed clearance contained in the Indian field and he curled it previous Gurpreet to punish the guests for yet one more defensive sloppiness.