Vietnam one win away from SEA Games football semis

By Xuan Binh   May 7, 2023 | 07:11 pm PT
Vietnam one win away from SEA Games football semis
Midfielder Khuat Van Khang (L) in Vietnam's SEA Games 32 game against Singapore on May 3, 2023. Photo by VnExpress/Lam Thoa
Vietnam will advance to the semifinals of the SEA Games men's football event with a match to spare if they beat Malaysia on Monday night.

At the games being held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, the 0-0 draw between Laos and Singapore on Saturday eliminated both, leaving the two semifinal slots from Group B to Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia.

After two matches, Vietnam and Thailand have six points each, while Malaysia have three, with each having two more matches in hand.

Vietnam will qualify if they beat Malaysia.

If it is a draw, Vietnam will need to avoid defeat against Thailand in their last match to qualify.

If Vietnam draw with Malaysia and lose to Thailand in the last game, it will come down to Malaysia's match against Singapore. Vietnam have a better goal difference (+4) than Malaysia (+2), but if the latter beat Singapore by a margin of more than two goals, Vietnam will be eliminated.

If Vietnam lose to Malaysia, they will have to beat Thailand and other results, and goal difference will take center stage.

The Vietnam-Malaysia match kicks off at 7 p.m. (Hanoi time) and will be reported live on VnExpress International.

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