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.”
|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|
|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|
|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)|
|Doan Viet Cuong (90)||Noh Alam Shah (57)|
|Mustafic Fahrudin (90)|