Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam defeated Malaysia 1-0 thanks to Nguyễn Trọng Hoàng’s goal in the 80th minute in the second match of Group B at the ASEAN Football Federation Suzuki Cup at Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar, yesterday.
With the win, Việt Nam are on top of the group and qualify for the semi-finals, while the defeat put Malaysia’s semi-final hopes in jeopardy as they must now beat Myanmar in their final game on Saturday.
“This was a very difficult match. Malaysia defended very well. But we had chances and scored a goal. The luck belonged to us,” said Vietnamese coach Nguyễn Hữu Thắng after the match.
“This win is very meaningful. We released the pressure of entering the semi-finals. I am glad because my players carried out my tactics. The whole team overcame difficulties to gain victory. I am very satisfied with my players,” said Thắng.
The heat in Yangon yesterday made it difficult for either team to excel.
Việt Nam attacked from the early stages but the Malaysian defence continually frustrated the side of the Vietnamese attackers.
Việt Nam’s first attempt match came in the 41st minute. Hoàng had a sight of Khairul Fahmi’s goal but the Malaysian midfielders blocked the effort.
Ahmad Hazwan had Malaysia’s first shot on target in the 44th minute but his shot was easily saved by Vietnamese goalkeeper Trần Nguyên Mạnh.
After the break, Việt Nam had several chances to open the scoring but they failed. In the 65th minute, Nguyễn Công Phượng replaced striker Nguyễn Văn Quyết.
In the 74th minute, after a quick counter-attack, Hoàng nearly scored but his shot flew over the bar. Six minutes later, he danced between two Malaysian defenders to slot home the opener.
Phượng had a chance to double the advantage but couldn’t beat Fahmi. In the remaining time Việt Nam defended well and secured a precious 1-0 victory.
Việt Nam will move to Nay Pyi Taw for the Saturday’s last group match against Cambodia who lost 1-3 to co-hosts Myanmar in a later match yesterday.
In Group A’s Tuesday ties, Thailand secured a place in the last four after beating Singapore 1-0 and the Philippines tied Indonesia 2-2 in Manila.— VNS