15 July 2016

AFF U16 - Philippines 3-3 Vietnam - Match report

AFF U16 Championship in Cambodia


Philippines vs Vietnam

Match start 3.30 pm Cambodian time


Philippines 3-3 Vietnam FT

Across town at the Army Stadium, the Philippines were just several minutes short of scoring a famous win over an over-confident Vietnam side before the latter scrambled to a 3-3 draw.
After picking up the full nine points from their three previous matches (3-0 over Malaysia; 3-0 over Australia and 5-1 over Myanmar) Vietnam chose to field mostly reserves against the Philippines who are currently lounging at the bottom of the table.
But as the most cliché saying goes, football is round and you are only as good as your last game. The Philippines were not about to lie down in spite of the afternoon heat as they matched Vietnam for everything.
Not the most organised of teams, the Philippines fought for everything and as Vietnam continued to squander everything under the sun, it was the lesser regarded side who went ahead in the 27th minute when Maquiling Leo Gabriel made a perfect finish to a cross from Kahlil Jikiri.
Just before the break, Vietnam found the equaliser when Nguyen Trong Long slammed home off a rebounded freekick.
And while substitute Nguyen Khac Khiem did put Vietnam in front after just coming on in the 62ndminute, the Philippines kept up the pressure and duly equalised when Fidel Tacardon converted a 73rd minute penalty.
As Vietnam seemed to be at ease with the score at 2-2, the Philippines pushed forward for Tacardon to head home a freekick to put the pressure on Vietnam.
But as the game wore on to the closing stages, the Philippines just could not fend off the onslaught as they conceded a late equaliser off Vu Quang Do for both teams to share points.
“We were so close,” said Philippines coach Jose Aberasturi. “ We need matches like these and I hope that they will play as well in our final game of the group.”

Vietnam 3 Philippines 3
Australia 6 Singapore 2
Malaysia 1 Myanmar 0


  1. No available live stream channel?

  2. give every youth teams twice a year international training camp. If only the PFF will find solution to the youth team woes and not merely focus more on Men's team where players mostly coming from different countries and not much a product of domestic clubs.