Vietnam scored two goals against Singapore in their second game in Group B of SEA Games 32 Wednesday, where each team also scored their own goals.
Goals from Van Tung, Thai Son, and a Singapore’s own goal helped the defending champion to a 3-1 victory, taking the top spot of Group B.
Van Tung opens first goal for Vietnam.
Vietnam played a much better match against Singapore after an uninspiring display in their first match against Laos. Against a Singapore team intending to play on the counter, Vietnam dominated most of the match, and were rewarded with a deserved win.
Coach Philippe Troussier’s team opened the scoreline after a tidy counterattack in the 35th minute. Van Do made a quick run, then quickly passed to Van Tung, who finished clinically to make it 1-0. Eight minutes later, Thai Son’s shot deflected off defender Bah Bill and went into the net, and it was 2-0 to Vietnam. The first half ended with a 2-goal advantage to Troussier’s boys.
Singapore pushed higher in the second half hoping to score. However, Vietnam still created more chances, and in the 79th minute, from substitute Van Khang’s cross, Ilhan Noor, who also came on in the 2nd half, put the ball in his own net. The score was 3-0 to Vietnam.
Singapore’s effort eventually got them a consolation goal in the 93th minute, when Tien Long’s kick accidentally sent the ball over Van Chuan and into his own goal.
Winning 3-1, Vietnam have taken the top spot of group B, before facing Malaysia and Thailand next week. For Singapore, they need a miracle to be able to get into the semi-finals, having lost the first 2 matches.