Sat, 08 Jun 2019

Curaçao beat Vietnam on penalties to lift King’s Cup 2019

BURIRAM - The King’s Cup 2019, organized by the by Football Association of Thailand was held on 5th and 8th of June 2019. Of the 4 teams competing in the tournament,  Thailand have won the competition 15 times, Vietnam have been runners up once and India have managed a 3rd place,  Curaçao, the highest FIFA ranked team at 82, are playing in their first Kings Cup.  


Vietnam had the better of the first half but they were unable to turn their possession into goals with Van Toan and Cong Phuong missing good openings for the Golden Dragons.


Curaçao also produced a number of opportunities to score, but could not convert any of them into a goal, including a finish over the crossbar by Arias in the 28th minute and a strike off post by Bacuna three minutes later.


Vietnam could have taken the lead eight minutes after the break when Minh Vuong fired wide from a good position.


The wasted opportunities forced Vietnam to pay dearly, as Carolina blasted a powerful shot past keeper Dang Van Lam from the edge of the box two minutes before the hour mark.


With time running out, better fitness and physique allowed Curaçao to take control and came close to doubling their lead twice with two inaccurate shots by Benschop in the 70th and 74th minutes.


Despite trailing a goal behind, Vietnamese players still remained patient and pushed hard to equalise the score.


Their efforts finally paid off seven minutes from overtime, with Duc Huy slotting home from close range to restore parity, leaving no chance for Curacao keeper Room to manage a save.


Failing to find the back of the net again in the remainder of the final, both teams were sent to the penalty shootout where Curaçao managed five successful kicks compared to Vietnam’s just four to claim the overall trophy.


05 June 2019

Semi-Finals #1: Curaçao 3-1 India

Semi-Finals #2: Thailand 0-1 Vietnam


08 June 2019

Finals: Curaçao 1-1 (5-4) Vietnam

3rd Place: India 1-0 Thailand 

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