Japan trounced hosts Vietnam 7-0 during the second round match of aninternational U19 football tournament (Nutifood Cup) in HCM City onJanuary 8.
Although both sides qualified for the finals of the Asian U19Football Championship later this year, Japan proved to be playing at ahigher level in both skills and physical strength.
During the match, Minamito Takumi scored a double, while Sekine Takahiro and Miura Genta pocketed one each in the first half.
Mochizuki Reo, Tamura Ryosuka and Shuto Kitagawa completed a goal buffet in the second.
The Japanese side dominated the match, scoring four goals in the first half
Losing the first match to AS Roma two days ago, the Vietnameseplayers showed their great potential and were expecting better resultsin their second match.
However they found they were unable to display their talents. Theirperfect combinations, exact passes and threatening attempts thatconfused the Italian, disappeared while playing the Japanese.
The defenders failed to stop Japanese strikers during most of theirattacks, as the midfielder could not set up a link with the front lineand the strikers did not have the ball often enough to score.
Three players, Nguyen Van Toan, Nguyen Cong Phuong, and Nguyen TuanAnh, who AS Roma coach Alberto de Rossi said were talented enough toplay in Europe, displayed none of their abilities against the Japaneseopponents.
The Japanese were excellent in both attack and defence, facing almostno challenge in a match that they comprehensively dominated.
Coach Graechen Guillaume of Vietnam made all five changes, but couldnot improve the situation. Only in the last 10 minutes did Vietnam haveseveral opportunities, when the Japanese ensured their win, thenloosened their attention. However, Vietnam’s tired strikers could notconvert these changes to goals.
In the earlier match of the day, AS Roma defeated Tottenham Hotspur2-1. Their second victory left them as leader of the tournament, withsix points.
AS Roma will play Japan and Vietnam will face the Spur lads on January 10.