Le Cong Vinh bags first goals in Japan

The on-loan Vietnamese striker hit a brace for Consadole Sapporo in their Emperor Cup victory to get off the mark for his new club
Vietnam star Le Cong Vinh netted his first goals for new club Consadole Sapporo when he struck twice on Saturday in the Emperor's Cup.

The 27-year-old striker equalised from the spot in the 14th minute against Hokkaido University after the visitors had taken a 10th-minute lead, before giving them the lead in the 54th minute. Further goals from Junki Yokono and Makoto Sunakawa gave Consadole a 4-1 win.

The V-League's all-time top scorer is on loan from Vietnam club Song Lam Nghe An to the J-League Division 2 side until January 2014, having joined in August to become the first player from his country to play in Japan.

Le Cong Vinh expressed delight at finally getting off the mark after the game and vowed to continue doing his best.

"I told [fellow striker] Ferro 'this will be my first goal in Japan, let me take the penalty' and I'm grateful to him for the opportunity," he revealed.

"I'm happy we were able to win. There are some things that need improvement but we'll manage to fix them as we go. This was my first time playing a full 90 minutes for Consadole and I strongly hope I can keep getting appearances.

"Our remaining matches are very important so I'll work as hard as I can to contribute."

Manager Keiichi Zaizen was pleased with Le Cong Vinh's performance as well.

"I wanted [him] to hold the ball a little longer and take more shots, but on the counter his ability to hold the ball and run quickly was incredible," he praised.

"He scored two goals and I think he impressed."

Consadole will next face J-League Division 1 side Jubilo Iwata in the third round of Japan's longest-running football tournament, which is open to every member club of the Japan Football Association, including top college and high school teams.