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U20 Vietnam Women's National Football Team Draws Uzbekistan Under Snow Rain

The U20 Vietnam Women's National Football Team played their first training match in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on February 24th, drawing 1-1 with the host team under snowy and rainy conditions.

After their first training session on February 23rd, Coach Akira Ijiri's team faced Uzbekistan U20 in a friendly match under difficult weather conditions, with snow falling and temperatures dropping below 0 degrees Celsius. Despite being physically disadvantaged and facing an unfamiliar climate, Vietnam started well but soon found themselves under pressure from the more physically developed Uzbekistan team. However, after just a few minutes, the Vietnamese players regained composure and organized several attacking moves in their opponents' half.

In the 21st minute, Uzbekistan scored first from a corner kick to take the early lead. However, Vietnam stayed calm and equalized just 6 minutes later through Phuong Anh's goal.

At half-time, Coach Akira Ijiri made significant changes, keeping only captain Le Thi Bao Tram and midfielder Vu Thi Hoa in the starting 11. Players such as Ngoc Minh Chuyen, Tran Nhat Lan, Le Hong Yeu, Hoang Thi Ngoc Anh, and Luu Huong Van came off the bench. Goalkeeper Kieu My was also substituted to give Le Thi Thu game time in goal. Only Nguyen Thi Nhu Quynh missed out due to injury.

With these changes, Vietnam played more proactively in the second half. The continuing snow made conditions difficult for both teams, and no further goals were scored to make the final score 1-1.

Vietnam will have one more training match on February 27th before the U20 Asian Women's Championship kicks off from March 3rd to 16th. In Group B, Vietnam will face Japan, North Korea and China. Their first match will be against Japan on March 4th.

This friendly provided an important opportunity for the Vietnamese players to adapt to the cold and snowy conditions in Tashkent ahead of the tournament. The draw against the host team is an encouraging result for Coach Ijiri's young squad as they continue preparations to compete against some of the strongest nations in Asia at youth level.

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