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Vietnam advance to U22 AFF Championship semi-finals with Timor Leste win

By Bao Lam, Quang Dung   February 19, 2019 | 06:00 pm PT
Vietnam advance to U22 AFF Championship semi-finals with Timor Leste win
Tran Danh Trung celebrates after scoring the opener for Vietnam against Timor-Leste Tuesday night. Photo by VnExpress/Anh Le
Vietnam scored an easy 4-0 victory over Timor-Leste in their second group match to advance to the semi-finals of the U22 AFF Cup.

In the National Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in what was expected to be an easy match for Vietnam Tuesday night, Timor-Leste made it difficult in the first half defending in numbers and attacking on the break.

Vietnam opened the scoring in the dying minutes of the first half when Tran Danh Trung pounced on a defensive error to slot the ball into an empty net.

In the second half Vietnam continued to attack and created a number of opportunities. In the 62nd minute Trung scored again after dribbling past two players and taking a shot from outside the box.

The third goal came in the 81st minute when Phan Thanh Hau showed his dribbling skills inside the box before shooting in. Le Xuan Tu added to the tally in the last minute.

Vietnam, who had beaten the Philippines 2-1 in their first match, entered the last four with six points, the same as Thailand, who beat the Philippines 3-0 in their second game.

Vietnam and Thailand clash in the last group game to decide first place at 3 p.m., Vietnam time on February 21..

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