Vietnam Player Ratings: Veteran striker LCH leads the way

Vietnam survived a scare in their opening match of the AFF Suzuki Cup but came away with three points thanks to Le Cong Vinh’s winner in the last 10 minutes of the game. FourFourTwo dishes out the ratings… 

Tran Nguyen Manh 7

Nothing he could have done to stop Myanmar’s equaliser. Other than that, he did whatever that was asked of him and was a commanding presence inside his own area.  

Tran Dinh Dong 6

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Was a threat down the right with his overlapping runs which helped to stretch Myanmar wide open, especially in the first period.

However defensively, he was a suspect and a number of Myanmar attacks did come through his flanks. Will have to improve in the next two matches.

Truong Dinh Luat 5.5

Nervy throughout and was perhaps at fault for Myanmar’s goal after he allowed Aung Thu to drift into space to pull off a shot.

Que Ngoc Hai 5.5

Like his partner, he had a night to forget. Had the tendency of panicking when it came to making clearances, which didn’t help his team’s cause. Looks to be the weakest link in this Vietnamese side as well.

Vu Van Thanh 7

The left-back was solid on the night, especially with his overlapping runs down the left. Could have helped out more in defence in the second half, but he cannot be blamed for the goal Vietnam conceded either.

Nguyen Van Toan 6.5

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Bright spark in the first half and offered a lot down the right. His pace and movement off the ball caused all sorts of problems for the Myanmar defenders.

Could have given Vietnam an early lead but fired over, although it looked like he was bundled over as he was pulling the trigger. It was perhaps a surprise to see him taken off early in the second half.

Ngo Hoang Thinh 7

Solid performance from the midfielder and helped to protect his error-prone centre-backs. Ran himself to the ground but certainly didn’t give up even though he looked like he was tiring.

Vietnam would be worse off without his energy in the middle of the park.

Luong Xuan Truong 6.5

Helped Vietnam to control the midfield and was a huge reason why Vietnam were so comfortable in the first half.

But like most of his teammates, they failed to carry over their performance after the break and allowed Myanmar back into the game. Worked his socks off still and was brought off with three minutes left on the clock.

Dinh Thanh Trung 6

Was a threat down the left for Vietnam in the early stages of the game and combined well with Vu Van Thanh on several occasions.

His influence waned as the game went on gradually though, and was eventually brought off for the more experienced Pham Thanh Luong in the 67th minute.

Le Cong Vinh 8.5

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Was at the heart of everything Vietnam did in the attacking third. Moved off the ball constantly to make himself available for the pass, and unlocked the Myanmar backline with his vision.

Provided the winner for Vietnam as well, even though it looked unlikely for him to get to the ball at all in the 81st minute. Top notch performance.

Nguyen Van Quyet 6.5

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Took his goal well to break the deadlock for Vietnam. However, it has to be said that he was quite wasteful with the other chances that he had. Certainly could have made the victory a more comfortable one.

Substitutes:

Nguyen Trong Hoang 6.5

Came on in the 51st minute for Nguyen Van Toan. Did nothing much throughout after coming on, but he was the one who provided the telling assist for Le Cong Vinh’s winner in the 84th minute, and that contribution cannot be discounted.

Pham Thanh Luong 6.5

Came on in the 67th minute for Dinh Than Trung. Had a couple of chances and did test the Myanmar goalkeeper. Provided an outlet for Vietnam too attack on the break too.

Le Van Thang N/A

Came on in the 87th minute for Luong Xuan Truong to run down the clock.

Photos: Vietnam Football Federation