AFF VIETCOMBANK U19: Vietnam take control of Group A
HANOI (15 Sept 2016) – After three matches, Vietnam are in control of Group A of the AFF Vietcombank Under-19 Championship when they overcame a fighting Philippines side 4-3 here tonight at the Hang Day Stadium.
Needing to win after two losses in the group, the Philippines showed they were no pushovers when they made Vietnam work for everything before the homesters were able to win the full three points.
“Again, we did not play as well as we should and defensively, we need to be better,” said Vietnam coach Hoang Anh Tuan.
“We will have a few days rest before the final game in the group (against Malaysia), so we will have time to work on the team.”
But while Vietnam began strongly as they look to inject more confidence into the squad which has been under pressure, it was the Philippines who grabbed the lead after just 13 minutes when Mark Winhoffer capitalised on a defensive mistake from Le Ngoc Bao to score.
The lead was to last just five minutes when Vietnam earned a penalty that was converted by Ha Duc Chinh before the Philippines once again went forward in the 24th minute through the hardwork of Jeremiah Borlongan.
The flanker ran down the left before squaring the ball for Kintaro Miyagi to slot home.
Vietnam finally got their act together in the second half with a second penalty that was converted by Tran Tranh in the 59thminute as Du Chinh then put the game at 4-2 with the fourth goal of the game three minutes later.
The Philippines tried to close the gap and in the dying minutes of the match, Ngoc Boa conceded an own goal for the final scoreline.
“The two penalties were unfortunate but I believe in this boys and they can still play next year. They will be much better in 2017,” said Philippines head coach Dan Padernal.