Vietnam's U15 team in the semi-final match against Australia of the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) U15 Championship at the Chonburi Stadium in Thailand. (Photo: twing.com)
 
Hanoi (VNA) - Vietnam beat Australia 2-0 in the semi-final match of the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) U15 Championship at the Chonburi Stadium in Thailand on July 20.

The team will meet Thailand, who defeated Malaysia 1-0 in the other semi-final, in the final on July 22.

Vietnam played confidently as soon as the referee blew the whistle, although the ground was wet and slippery.

 

[Vietnam beats Malaysia at AFF U15 champs]

 

The 4-0 win of U23 Vietnam team against Timor Leste in the qualifying round of the AFC U23 Championship in Ho Chi Minh City on July 19 was a driving force for the U15 Vietnam team in this game.


It was Australia who tasted the first real chance to score, but a shot from Trent Ostler went past the yawning goalmouth, as Vietnam then replied with a freekick that went over the wall, and saw keeper Oliver Kalac fully stretched to keep it out.

The first goal finally came in the 29th minute when Nguyen Quoc Hoang ran past his marker down the left, before unleashing a shot to the far post.

Just three minutes later, Kalac’s goal was breached again when Vo Nguyen Hoang outpaced the Australian defence for a crisp grounder.

With the score at 2-0 to Vietnam’s advantage and the night sky opening up for a prolonged drizzle, the game went up a notch, as Australia pushed harder for their first goal in the competition.

Close to the hour mark, Luka Duzel’s grounder went through a sea of legs before bouncing off the upright, while some time later, his half volley was met with an excellent block from Vietnamese keeper Nguyen Duy Dung.

In the last minute of play, substitute Jaiden Kucharski could not make a fine finish though Dung was out of position.

In the match for the third place, Malaysia will meet Australia at the Chonburi Stadium on July 22.-VNA