Vi​etnam (white) will meet Malaysia in the semi-final.
(Photo: vietnamnet.vn)


Hanoi (VNA) - Vietnam spanked Myanmar 3-0 to set up a semi-final showdown with Malaysia at the ongoing Southeast Asian Futsal HDBank Cup in Hanoi on October 30.

Vietnam came into the game with Myanmar knowing they needed a win to avoid tournament favourites Thailand in the semi-final on November 1.

Though unfancied, Myanmar have improved recently and withstood continuous pressure from Vietnam in the opening stages, before Phung Trong Luan opened the scoring in the 12th minute with a shot in the left corner.

The Myanmar defence stiffened and the first half finished without any further goals.

In the second half, Vietnam dominated possession but were largely thwarted by the Myanmar defence.

With only a few minutes left, Myanmar pressed for an equaliser, almost scoring when Pyae Phyo Maung struck goalkeeper Van Huy’s post with a shot.

That was the closest Myanmar would come, with Ngoc Son’s header with 20 seconds left sealing victory, before goalie Huy tapped into an open goal to secure the 3-0 win.

Vietnam have won all four games so far and will feel confident of besting their best ever result in the tournament of second in 2009 and 2012.-VNA