Vietnam down India 2-1

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:09 IST

Sriking once in each half, Vietnam defeated India 2-1 to top Group A in the LG Cup soccer tournament at Ho Chi Minh City today.

Vietnam down India 2-1

Hanoi:

Sriking once in each half, Vietnam defeated India 2-1 to top Group A in the LG Cup soccer tournament at Ho Chi Minh City today. India also advances to the next stage, along with the host, with the third team in the group - Myanmar - being eliminated from the six-team tournament with two losses. Vinh put Vietnam ahead at the 21st minute with a shot from 15 metres that got past diving Indian goalkeeper Neseem Akhtar to the right corner of the goal. Thach Bao Khanh doubled Vietnam's lead in the 57th minute with a header in the penalty box on a pass from playmaker Le Hong Minh. India best chance in the first half came in the 35th minute when star striker Bhaichung Bhutia's powerful shot was blocked by Vietnamese goalkeeper Bui Quang Huy. The Indian skipper had not play in the first match due to injury. Midfielder Climax Lawrence scored a consolation goal for India three minutes from the end on a rebound following a free kick by Renedy Singh, which hit the cross bar. One minute later, Singh was ejected with a red card for a rough tackle on Vietnamese defender Nguyen Huy Hoang, who was also sent from the field for a second yellow card. The win was a sweet revenge for the Vietnamese team, which was defeated by the Indians in the tournament final two years ago. Vietnam will play the Ho Chi Minh City team in the first semifinal, while India will play the South Korean Students' team in the second semifinal on Thursday. (AP)

Topics : Football
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