Both Vietnam, who lost 1-0 to the RoK student team and Aspire Qatar, who trounced U-23 Singapore 2-0 on September 20 were eager to win the match.
Vietnam with Trong Hoang’s return dominated the game from the beginning, creating many chances to score but Van Quyet and Van Thanh failed to convert any of them into goal.
Vietnam took the lead in the 43rd minute when Trong Hoang met Dinh Tung’s delicious cross, firing into the net to make all Vietnamese fans ecstatic.
Jaspar scored the equaliser for Aspire Qatar one minute later thanks to Vietnamese defenders’ error.
Three minutes into the second half, Dinh Tung helped Vietnam take the lead again. He received a long cross from his teammate and controlled it before fired into the far corner to make it 2-1.
After the goal, Aspire Qatar put great pressure on Vietnam, producing attack after attack to level the score.
It was Jasper who equalised in the 69th minute and the 2-2 score remained unchanged until the end of the game.
After the match, Vietnam’s coach Falko Goetz said that Vietnam’s attacking line played better but defence line made some mistakes and he was satisfied with his players’ performance.
Qatari Coach Bartolome Marquez was also satisfied with a draw, saying that it was an attractive game and U-23 Vietnam have a bright prospect in future.
In another match, the RoK student team demolished U-23 Singapore 3-0
Tomorrow, U-23 Vietnam will play U-23 Singapore while Aspire Qatar will take on the RoK student team in the last game of the tournament.
Aspire Qatar (four points) need to defeat the Rok (six points) to win the Eximbank Cup while the Rok students only need a draw to secure the title.
Vietnam (one point) still have a chance to rank second if they beat Singapore (no point) and Aspire Qatar suffer a big loss to the Rok student team.