Hai Yen scored the first goal for Vietnam, followed by Bich Thuy who extended the lead to 2-0.

Vietnam, aiming for a second-place finish in Group D behind reigning champions Japan, encountered formidable challenges from Nepal’s resilient defensive tactics in the initial half.

The head coach, Mai Duc Chung, led a team consisting of ten players under the age of 23 to Hangzhou, China. However, their performance failed to pose much of a challenge to goalkeeper Anjila Subba.

After a close-range goal by Hai Yen in the 53rd minute, the scenario slightly changed and the deadlock was broken.

Vietnam applied relentless pressure on Nepal’s goal, causing their opponents to abandon their defensive strategy and adopt a more offensive approach in an effort to equalize the score.

Vietnam's Pham Hai Yen celebrates her goal in their Group D opener against Nepal in women's football at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, September 22, 2023. Photo: Duc Khue / Tuoi Tre
Vietnam’s Pham Hai Yen celebrates her goal in their Group D opener against Nepal in women’s football at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, September 22, 2023. Photo: Duc Khue / Tuoi Tre

In the 64th minute, the Vietnamese team showcased their offensive prowess as Bich Thuy scored their second goal. Utilizing a well-executed lofted pass from Duong Thi Van on the left wing, Bich Thuy successfully capitalized on the opportunity.

The match concluded with Vietnam as the victor; however, the score remained unchanged until the referee signaled the end.

On Monday afternoon, Vietnam will be facing Bangladesh, another team in Group D that is not highly regarded.

The 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China

This event showcases a diverse range of sports and competitions, with a total of 40 sports and 481 events.

Vietnam has sent a distinguished delegation consisting of 504 participants and coaches to the tournament. This delegation includes 320 athletes, who are ready to compete at the highest level.