In the 80th minute of the confrontation between Vietnam and Malaysia, Van Thanh and Van Toan had a situation of coordination in the opponent’s penalty area. After that, the Hai Duong-born striker was fouled by the Malaysian defender. Standing very close in that situation, Japanese referee Ryuji Sato pointed at the 11m free kick.
The penalty kick was taken by Que Ngoc Hai and the captain of the Vietnam team made no mistakes to score the goal.
Many experts have spoken out about Van Toan’s fall. On Dan Tri, former referee Hoang Ngoc Tuan analyzed the penalty for the Vietnamese team in the 80th minute to be completely correct.
This former referee said that it may be because the angle on the TV makes Van Toan’s ball somewhat unclear. However, it is true that the defensive player of Malaysia inserted Van Toan’s leg.
Meanwhile, Head of the Arbitration Committee of the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) Duong Van Hien shared with Zing that the referee team had completed the task well in this match.
Especially in the penalty situation, the Malaysian player kicked Van Toan’s heel quite tightly, but referee Sato Ryuji was still able to observe to make the most accurate decision.
On his personal page, Van Toan also spoke out about his love. He thinks that indeed the opponent kicked him in the leg, but he did not “cheat” as many fans are criticizing.
In addition, looking at the Malaysian player’s reaction is enough to know that it is the correct foul. The player who fouled Van Toan in that situation was Brendan Gan with absolutely no explanation or violent reaction to the referee. If the referee blew it wrong, surely Brendan Gan as well as the Malaysian players would have to have a much stronger reaction.
Even the Malaysian player did not react, it was clear that Van Toan was fouled in that situation and the decision to blow the penalty was absolutely correct.