Vietnam grouped with champions Thailand at SEA Games men's football

By Lam Dong   October 14, 2019 | 09:24 pm PT
Vietnam grouped with champions Thailand at SEA Games men's football
Vietnam U22 (red) play UAE in a friendly match in Ho Chi Minh City, October 13, 2019. Photo by VnExpress/Duc Dong.
A draw on Tuesday put Vietnamese men's football team in the same group with strong rivals Thailand and Indonesia for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.

Other teams drawn for Group B are Brunei, Indonesia, Laos and Singapore, according to the draw held in the Philippines' capital Manila.

Group A has host Philippines, Timor Leste, Myanmar, Malaysia, and Cambodia.

Thailand were crowned champions in men’s football at the previous SEA Games in 2017. Host Malaysia snatched the silver and the bronze went to Indonesia.

The men's football competition at this year's SEA Games, or SEA Games 30, will take place from November 25 to December 10.

The teams in each group will play one another in a round robin format before four teams with the highest points go to the semi-finals on December 7.

The final and the match to decide who will get the bronze have been slated for December 10.

As regulated at SEA Games 2019, men's football teams are allowed to use two players born before January 1, 1997The rules have been adjusted compared to two years ago when only U22 players were allowed.

Vietnam, whose highest achievement ever at the tournament was bronze medal, aim to win gold this year.

The nation's U22 players have been preparing for the event with several friendlies. They beat Myanmar 2-0 in June, beat China 2-0 last month and earned a 1-1 draw against UAE on Sunday.

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