Finishing first and the victor for the day, Vietnam confirmed their win of Group B of the AFF Under-19 Championship 2011 with a 4-0 demolition of Laos at the Aung San Stadium. Following their slightly delayed 1-0 win over Indonesia in the other match that was played at the Youth Training Centre, Myanmar finished second in the group.
With confidence, Vietnam decided to field Russian-born keeper Dang Van Lam for the first time in the competition as the rain fell and created havoc on the field. The lanky lad proved worthy of the role as he persisted with his strong defensive backline.
Vietnam seized the first real chance of the game in the 13th minute when off a cross from Vo Huy Toan, striker Ngo Van Tung’s header was just a tad off target. Laos responded with a shot from Chantaphone Waencongsoth two minutes later but his grounder came off Que Ngoc Hai instead for a futile corner.
Meanwhile, Nguyen Thanh Hien’s 32nd minute attempt could have come off the Laotian crossbar. But there was no stopping Vietnam two minutes later when Ngoc Hai converted a penalty for them to take the lead.
The Vietnamese earned a penalty in the course of the game but five minutes later, Vietnam made 2-0 and added two further goals three minutes later.
Vietnam team manager Truong Hai Tung declared that the players did what was expected of them and he had no complaints.
Still fighting for a place in the next round, the Indonesians gave no quarters as Myanmar pressed from the outset. A solitary strike from Yan Naing Htwe in the 87th minute made the difference to make Myanmar look forward to playing against the winning team from Group A.
Gerd Horst, the chief coach of Myanmar, described the game as tough with Indonesia giving the expected resistance, thus, the players fought hard. The foregoing news is sourced from AFF.