VIENTIANE (14 July 2011) – Vietnam stormed to a sensational second straight victory in Group B tonight and made it clear that they are serious contenders for a place in the semifinals of the AFF Under-16 Championship currently being held at the National Sports Complex here.
Vietnam, 4-1 winners over Cambodia two days ago, displayed exceptional form tonight to whip the Philippines 10-0 tonight. Vietnam came alive in the second half where they reeled in eight goals. Do Duy Manh and Y Thuyn Mlo scored a hattrick each while Huynh Hoang Khanh helped himself to a brace. The other goals came from Trieu Viet Hung and Le Xuan Hoa.
Vietnam, who suffered a 5-0 loss to Singapore in their opening game, appear to have put the worst behind them and are now looking forward to claiming a place in the last four. With today’s big win, they move a rung up into third spot with six points. Singapore also have six points but are ahead on better goal difference.
Vietnam have one more match against Myanmar in two days and only a victory will assure them a place in the semifinals. Anything less than three points, will see them boarding the next flight home.
For the Philippines, their brave run ended today and they will be heading home tomorrow after failing to secure any points in the tournament. In the dying minutes, the Philippines lost their goalkeeper Jose Zaldy Jr Abraham who was red carded for a foul in the box.
Philippines were playing their last group match and they wanted to win at least one game before heading home. Alas, it was not to be as Vietnam were simply too strong for the Teen Azkals. In fact, Vietnam were already two-goals up even before the half hour mark.
Do Duy Manh and Huynh Hoang Khanh made it 2-0 with strikes in the fifth and 25th minutes.
They almost added a third in the 29th minute but Hoang Khanh’s freekick curled a little too late around the far post. Vietnam were a constant threat with Nguyen Quang Hai and Duy Manh in the centre and Le Xuan Hoa on the left. Xuan Hoa especially dangerous as was providing superb passes into the box.
Despite their best efforts, Vietnam were unable to get another goal and had to settle for a two-goal lead at the break.
After the break, Vietnam doubled their efforts and were rewarded with eight goals. Hoang Khanh got their scoring act underway in the 58th minute. This was followed by more goals from Duy Manh (62nd, 64th), Y Thuyn Mlo (68th, 77th, 80th), Trieu Viet Hung (86th) and Le Xuan Hoa (90th)
<b>PHILIPPINES:</b>Antonio Eduardo Rafols (GK), Christian Paul Jover, Jonah Vidal Suarez, Luis Gabriel Cemera, Raymund Santillan, Angelo Gabriel Bahoyan, Skie Doug Carranza (Cpt), Yves Russel Caballero, Ryu Nell Fegidero, Jhoguev Pasilan Ybanez, Raphael Vincent Resuma.
<b>Coach: </b> Tomasito Glenn Hilig Ramos
<b>Yellow:</b> Ryu Nell Fegidero (29th), Jose Brian Langub Romo (49th), Jhoguev Pasilan Ybanez (84th)
<b>Red:</b> Jose Zaldy Jr Abraham (GK) (90th)
<b>VIETNAM:</b>Duong Quang Tuan (GK), A San, Nguyen Duy Dien, Than Thang Toan, Le Xuan Hoa, Do Duy Manh, Trieu Viet Hung, Dang Van Hung, Huynh Hoang Khanh, Nguyen Quang Hai, Pham Ngoc Tuan.
<b>Coach: </b>Nguyen Hai Bien
<b>Goalscorers:</b> Do Duy Manh (5th, 62nd, 64th), Huynh Hoang Khanh (25th, 58th), Y Thuyn Mlo (68th, 77th, 80th), Trieu Viet Hung (86th), Le Xuan Hoa (90th)
<b> Referee:</b> Suhaizi Shukri (Mas)
<b>Assistant Referee 1: </b>Mohd Yusri Muhamad (Mas)
<b>Assistant Referee 2: </b>Somphavant Loung Lath (Lao)
<b>Fourth Official: </b> Sipaseuth Sinbandith (Lao)
<b>Match Commissioner: </b>Yeh Htut Tin (Mya)
<b>Referee Assessor: </b>Augustine Arlando (Sin)
<b>General Coordinator: </b> U Tin Aung (Mya)