HA NOI (VNS)— Viet Nam held Brunei to a 2-2 draw in the fourth round of the ASEAN Youth Football Championship for the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy in Brunei yesterday.
Striker Nguyen Phong Hong Duy netted the first goal for Viet Nam in the 10th minute. The goal is the second scored by Duy, who nabbed his first goal of the tournament against Indonesia on Wednesday.
Viet Nam controlled possession of the ball, while a struggling Brunei found it difficult to mount offensives against their visiting rival.
However, the hosts managed to convert an opportunity at the 36th minute, with Vietnamese goal keeper Nguyen Van Toan failing to defend the net.
Striker Hoang Thanh Tung hit back in the 50th minute, scoring a second goal for Viet Nam after a skilful steal from Cong Phuong.
A reported physical advantage showed as host players out-muscled their Vietnamese rivals in one-on-one clashes. This was followed up by a lively second half performance by the hosts.
A narrow miss at the 69th minute robbed Viet Nam of an opportunity to consolidate their lead.
Striker Adi Said responded in the 75th minute with a victorious one-on-one joust with Viet Nam's keeper.
The draw will see both teams share an equal opportunity to progress to the semi-final round, whereby Viet Nam will need to topple Cambodia in its final match next Monday.
U19 Viet Nam has defeated Singapore 4-0, lost to Malaysia 0-2 and toppled Indonesia 3-1 in its earlier Group B matches. — VNS