|Marching on: Việt Nam (white) will meet Malaysia in the semi-final. Photo courtesy vietnamnet.vn|
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam spanked Myanmar 3-0 to set up a semi-final showdown with Malaysia at the ongoing Southeast Asian Futsal HDBank Cup in Hà Nội yesterday.
Việt Nam came into the game with Myanmar knowing they needed a win to avoid tournament favourites Thailand in the semi-final on November 1.
Though unfancied, Myanmar have improved recently and withstood continuous pressure from Việt Nam in the opening stages, before Phùng Trọng Luân opened the scoring in the 12th minute with a shot in the left corner.
The Myanmar defence stiffened and the first half finished without any further goals.
In the second half, Việt Nam dominated possession but were largely thwarted by the Myanmar defence.
With only a few minutes left, Myanmar pressed for an equaliser, almost scoring when Pyae Phyo Maung struck goalkeeper Văn Huy’s post with a shot.
That was the closest Myanmar would come, with Ngọc Sơn’s header with 20 seconds left sealing victory, before goalie Huy tapped into an open goal to secure the 3-0 win.
Việt Nam have won all four games so far and will feel confident of besting their best ever result in the tournament of second in 2009 and 2012.