It’s the second match of the national football team under French coach Philippe Troussier. Earlier, the team won 1-0 in a friendly against Hong Kong (China).
Supported by over 21,000 audients at the stadium, the Vietnamese national men’s football team pushed forward right after the game started, continuously creating dangerous situations for Syria, particularly in the 10th, 17th, and 35th minutes of the match.
Entering the second half, coach Troussier let Tuan Hai and Tien Anh in to add strength to the attack. The change of persons immediately proved effective.
In the 49th minute, from a pass from Thai Son, striker Tuan Hai handled the ball skillfully against the opponent's defender and then finished accurately, opening the score for Vietnam.
Syria tried to push back but their efforts were not enough to make Vietnam play defensively. The hosts reduced the intensity of attacks but still controlled the game.
With the victory against Syria, Vietnam is expected to improve its position in the next update of the world ranking.
Syria is ranked 90th in the world rankings, five places above Vietnam.
Vietnam has played Syria three times since 2009. The team won one, drew one, and lost one. In their encounter in 2016, Vietnam won 2-0.