In the match in the second qualifying round of the World Cup 2020, Van Toan’s fall brought a precious penalty, helping to set the score 2-1 against the Malaysian opponent, which has been a controversial topic for the past 3 days. Although Van Toan has been ‘vindicated’ and the foul of his team player has been identified by the referee team and experts, many Malaysian fans and the media of some Asian countries still insist that Toan has have a beating phase for life.
Recently, Sohu (China) newspaper continued to have an article attacking Vietnam Tel with the title: “Round 40: Vietnamese players make the craziest fall”. Notably, the author of this article compares Van Toan’s fall with a scandal of the legendary Rivaldo in the Brazilian national team and also the famous attack of a Chinese player.
“Today, a name that must be added to the list of world-famous “field actors” is Nguyen Van Toan of the Vietnamese team. In the match in the round of 40 teams in the World Cup qualifying round. between Vietnam and Malaysia, Van Toan fell to the ground without any collision, setting up a penalty and finally Vietnam beat Malaysia 2-1.
Certainly, without this penalty, Vietnam and UAE would have the same 15 points, but Vietnam would have to be ranked below the UAE and also below the Chinese team in the list of second-place teams.
Looking out to the world, we have also seen some “dramas” like Van Toan. At the 2002 World Cup in Japan and Korea, this was a memorable World Cup for Chinese fans because it was the last time that the Chinese team was not in the audience.
At that time, the Chinese team was in the same group as the world champion Brazil. Brazil star Rivaldo became a “dragon” in the match against Turkey. As Rivaldo was about to take a corner kick, he was hit in the thigh by Hakan Ulsan on the Turkish side. However, Rivaldo hugged his face and fell on the field and appeared to be in great pain.
The referee was deceived and thought that this was an unsportsmanlike action of Hakan Ulsan, so he gave him a red card.”, the pen of the sheet Sohu mocked Van Toa and did not forget to praise the glorious memory of the home team.
The author of the article also lists a series of “actors” like Van Toan, including world football superstars like Ronaldo and Neymar. And even Chinese football has seen such a “performance artist”.