AFF U18 Championship

Vietnam beat Singapore 3-0 to kindle hope for semis

Monday, 2019-08-12 10:55:48
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Vietnamese U18 players regain confidence after an emphatic 3-0 win over Singapore U18s. (Photo: Vietnam Football Federation)
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NDO – Hosts Vietnam earned an important 3-0 win over Singapore in their third Group B clash, on August 11, thereby fostering hope for a ticket to the semi-finals at the ongoing ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) U18 Championship 2019 on their home soil.

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Bouncing back from a 4-1 defeat by Australia on matchday two, Vietnam proved too strong for Singapore when the two met at Go Dau Stadium, in Binh Duong province, on Sunday evening. The hosts entered the match with high concentration and determination to earn a win with high margin against the underdogs, who are currently ranked at the bottom.

Vietnam quickly took control of the game, and after two scoring chances missed in the early minutes of the first half, they found the opener in the 28th minute, thanks to midfielder Manh Quynh’s finish in the box.

Host players Kim Nhat and Nguyen Hoang missed another two chances in the 34th and 37th,minutes, respectively, ending the first half with a narrow lead for Vietnam.

Nhat again had a golden opportunity in the first minute of the second half, but the post denied him the second goal for the hosts.

However, only one minute later, from a corner, Vo Nguyen Hoang’s header doubled the lead for Vietnam and also brought him his second goal at the tournament.

In the 63rd minute, Kim Nhat finally scored from an accurate header, sealing the 3-0 win for coach Hoang Anh Tuan’s side.

Vietnam U18s (in white) overwhelm their Singaporean rivals. (Photo: Vietnam Football Federation)

After three matches Vietnam have picked up six points, with the 1-0 defeat of Malaysia in their opening match and the 4-1 loss to Australia.

Also on Sunday, Australia made it three wins out three as they defeated Thailand 3-1, while Malaysia beat Cambodia 3-0.

Vietnam rank third in Group B, behind leaders Australia and runners-up Malaysia (who also have six points but with better goal difference than Vietnam). The hosts will enter the deciding match with Thailand U18s on the evening of August 13 in a hope for a ticket to the semi-finals.

In Group A action on Monday, Indonesia and Myanmar will aim to seal their semi-final spots. Both have a perfect record of three wins, with Indonesia topping the group on goal difference. Laos are in third with six points.

The current standings in both Groups A and B. (Photo: ASEAN Football Federation)