Vietnam 0 – 0 Singapore

Singapore survived an endless stream of attacks to draw 0-0 with Vietnam in the first leg of their Southeast Asian championship semi-final on Wednesday.

The holders were on the back foot throughout as the home side, spurred on by a capacity crowd, pounded the nervy Singapore defence in search of a first final place in 10 years.

Striker Nguyen Viet Thang hit the post on 19 minutes with only goalkeeper Lionel Lewis to beat and then went just wide after an almost identical move.

Van Tai Em Phan had a header saved by Lewis who was again called into action nine minutes after the break, spectacularly tipping Nguyen Vu Phong’s free kick over the bar.

Singapore, one of the region’s strongest teams, had a goal disallowed for offside in the 72nd minute from their only real chance.

“This was our worst game so far, we didn’t create any chances,” Singapore coach Radojko Avramovic told reporters. “Vietnam were exceptional and we were very lucky.”

TEAM

Vietnam Singapore
1 Duong Hong Son 18 Lionel Lewis
2 Doan Viet Cuong 16 Daniel Bennett
4 Le Phuoc Tu 6 Precious Emuejeraye
16 Huynh Thanh 3 Baihakki Khaizan
7 Vu Nhu Thanh 5 Mohamed Noh Rahman
14 Tan Tai Le 4 Isa Halim
5 Nguyen Minh Chuyen 2 Ridhuan Muhamad
17 Nguyen Vu Phong 15 Mustafic Fahrudin
22 Van Tai Em Phan 7 Si Jia Yi
9 Le Cong Vinh 10 Indra Sahdan
21 Nguyen Viet Thang 11 Agu Casmir
Substitutes
20 Tran Duc Cuong Hassan Sunny 1
11 Le Quang Cuong Ismail Yunos 19
19 Pham Luong Shaiful Esah 22
10 Truong Giang Tran Juma’at Jantan 23
12 Nguyen Minh Phuong John Wilkinson 14
13 Quang The Nguyen S Ishak 17
3 Nguyen Duc Manh Rosman Sulaiman 26
8 Thach Bao Khanh Mustaqim Manzur 28
18 Phan Thanh Binh Noh Alam Shah 8
Substitutions
Pham Luong for Tan Tai Le (61) Noh Alam Shah for Indra Sahdan (55)
Phan Thanh Binh for Nguyen Viet Thang (70) Ismail Yunos for Ridhuan Muhamad (86)
Nguyen Minh Phuong for Van Tai Em Phan (85) Juma’at Jantan for Si Jia Yi (88)
Yellow Cards
Doan Viet Cuong (90) Noh Alam Shah (57)
Mustafic Fahrudin (90)

~ by sambalfootball7 on December 17, 2008.

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