First Vietnamese Female Player Scores at European Football League

The Vietnamese striker did not disappoint when she scored two goals and assisted with another one, bringing a dramatic 3-3 draw for Portuguese side Lank FC Vilaverdense. She became the first female player in Vietnamese football history to score in an European league.
November 07, 2022 | 15:52
Huynh Nhu is the mainstay of the Vietnamese women’s football team.
Huynh Nhu wear jersey No 11 at Lank FC. Source: Lank FC Vilaverdense

After four rounds sitting at the bench, striker Huynh Nhu scored a brace and contributed to one to help Lank FC Vilaverdense earn a 3-3 draw against FC Famalicão in the 6th round of the 2022 Portuguese women’s national championship, taking place on November 5th.

After the match, Huynh Nhu was chosen as "The Best Player of the Match." The athletic performance of the Vietnamese woman impressed many fans. Her reward is not only a personal title but also professional recognition by the league.

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Coming to Vilaverdense FC, Huynh Nhu will become the 7th foreign soldier that the team owns. Earlier, Vilaverdense FC also signed 3 American players, 1 Danish player, 1 Brazilian player and 1 Finnish player. Source: Lank FC Vilaverdense

Huynh Nhu's historic match ended incomplete when she was injured, even leaving the field on a stretcher in the 81st minute. However, the 30-year-old star was still smiling and taking pictures with Lank FC head coach Daniel Pacheco when receiving the award "Best Player of the Match."

She updated concerned fans about her injury on her Facebook page. According to Nhu, she is expected to make a speedy recovery; "It's like an ankle flipped, but it's only a little swollen, thank you everyone as I will soon recover and keep trying."

With this performance, Huynh Nhu showed her ability to adapt and integrate quickly at Lank FC. She also showed that the coach was right when he trusted her to play from the beginning. Nhu may continue to be given opportunities in the next rounds.

After an impressive performance, Huynh Nhu created a "fever" in the Portuguese media. The Futbol Portugues Desde Espana newspaper headlined: "Vietnamese player, Huynh Nhu, makes an impression on his first start in the Portuguese women's championship."

The Portuguese newspaper said that Huynh Nhu was the key to Lank FC in the last match: "Striker Huynh Nhu of the Vietnamese national team played extremely well the first time she started for Lank FC in the national championship. In the matchup against FC Famalicao, she was the key to a successful draw despite being at a disadvantage most of the time.

Except for a penalty and a smart finish, her assist line is also very impressive. After passing a few defenders, Nhu cleverly passed the ball to Malu Schmidt to score one for the team."

Futbol Portugues Desde Espana thinks that the performance in the last match will increase Huynh Nhu's chances of playing at Lank FC: "Thus, Huynh Nhu has contributed to 3 goals for Lank FC. Notably, she just had her first start, first goal and first assist. Before that, Huynh Nhu had only played 30 minutes after 4 matches in the national championship (and 30 minutes in the National Cup). Huynh Nhu's opportunities may be expanded after the last performance."

Meanwhile, another newspaper, Zerozero, also praised the star.

"Lank FC did not give up when being led. Huynh Nhu in the limelight scored two goals with excellent individual play, and culminated in an assist to help the team seal a 3-3 draw. "

First Vietnamese Female Player Scores at European Football League
Huynh Nhu was chosen as "The best player of the match". Source: Lank FC Vilaverdense

Huynh Nhu signed a contract with Portuguese side Lank FC Vilaverdense, making a turning point for Vietnam's football history as the Vietnamese player competing abroad.

Nhu, from Tra Vinh Province, is one of the best female footballers in Vietnam. She has won the national championship seven times, and the National Cup three times along with SEA Games and AFF Cup gold medals.

The striker also holds a record for scoring the most goals for the Vietnam national team with 59 in 67 matches. She places No.23 in the all-time international female goalscorer.

Despite her 1.57m, Nhu, 30, know how to overcome taller and bigger defenders with her smart playing style and sharp skills of a goal-hunter.

Lank FC contacted Nhu in 2020 but for different reasons including Covid-19 pandemic, no deal was not done.

Lank FC Vilaverdense, a team also known as Vilaverdense FC, is a Portuguese women’s football club based in the Vila Verde district in the province of Braga, Portugal.

At the end of the 2020-2021 season, after winning with a total score of 5-0 against the girls of the Varzim team, Vilaverdense FC along with Atletico CP were promoted to the top division of Portuguese women’s football.

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