Vietnam reaches semi-finals with a 4-2 victory over Malaysia in AFF Futsal tourney
Vietnam got a 4-2 victory over Malaysia in the last group stage match of the HDBank AFF Futsal Championship Southeast Asia on Wednesday, at Phu Tho Stadium in HCM City.
Before entering the match with Malaysia, Vietnam got a ticket to semifinals thanks to Indonesia's victory over Australia in the earlier match.
However, Vietnam must beat Malaysia with more than four goals to back on the top of Group B and avoid to face the defending champion - Thailand at the semi-final, who top of group A, with three win after three matches in the group stage.
Just like the last two games, Vietnam mostly controlled the match with more chances created.
In the fourth minute, Pham Duc Hoa from Vietnam had a chance to score a goal after received the ball from the corner. Unluckily, the ball hit the cross bar.
Three minute later, Thanh Tin had a chance to face to face the goalkeeper thanks to the perfect pass from Dac Huy. This time Tin had put the ball into the net. An opening goal for Vietnam after many chances that were missed earlier.
The host kept pushing their formation up to put the pressure and score more goals before the breaks but they could not get any more goals before the whistle blew.
After the break, coach Miguel Rodrigo asked his players to play faster to score more goals. However, just like the first half, Vietnamese players were too impatient in the final shots, many chances were missed.
In the 26th minute Duc Tung took a powerful shot from the long range and this time the ball found the way to the net.
Vietnam had to score three more goals and keep the clean sheet to get back on the top.
From the 31 st minute, Vietnam played in power-play formation to increase the pressure on Malaysian players.
However, Malaysia with effective counter attack football helped them to get two consecutive goals to equalize the score from Abu Haniffa and Azwann.
The match continued with the opportunity that was created more for the host.
In the last minutes of the match, Minh Tri and Chau Doan Phat scored two more goals and helped Vietnam to get a victory.
The match ended with a score 4-2 for the host.
With this win, Vietnam placed second and will face the defending champion- Thailand on tomorrow while Indonesia will face Myanmar.