15:37 | 20/07/2017 Society
Vietnam produced a flying start to their 2018 AFC U-23 Championship qualifiers campaign by impressively thrashing Timor Leste with four unanswered goals in their Group I opener at Thong Nhat Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City on July 19.
Crowd favourite, striker Nguyen Cong Phuong, lived up to expectations by scoring twice for the home side, including one finish from the penalty spot. The remaining two goals were scored by Ha Duc Chinh and Nguyen Tuan Anh...
With the victory, Vietnam temporarily move into second in Group I, behind the leader, Republic of Korea, who brilliantly demolished Macau (China) 10-0 in another Group I match earlier the same day.
The 2018 AFC U-23 Championship qualifiers have brought together 40 teams from across Asia, who are competing in a round robin tournament of ten groups. The ten group winners and the five best runners-up will qualify for the final tournament in China next year.