Thursday, December 9, 2010

AFF Suzuki Cup 2010 Finals Matchday 6

Group B

Philippines 0 Myanmar 0 (Nam Dinh, Vietnam)
Vietnam 1 Singapore 0 (Hanoi, Vietnam)

Three-time Asean champions Singapore joined Thailand as the early casualties in the AFF Suzuki Cup after crashing 1-0 to co-hosts and defending champions Vietnam in their final Group B match at My Dinh Stadium on Wednesday evening.

The only goal of the game came through a sucker-punch counter-attacking manuvere following a clearance of a Lions' corner just after the half-hour.

Pham Thanh Luong provided the low cross on the right for Nguyen Vu Phong, who was free on the left side, to slide the ball in between Hassan Sunny's legs and into the net for the only goal of the game.

Despite sustained pressure from the Lions in the second half, the Vietnamese held on for the win they needed to reach the semis.

Meanwhile, Myanmar held surprise packages Philippines to a goalless in the other match played at Nam Dinh. The point was sufficient enough for the Azkals to finish second in the group behind the co-hosts and make the last four for the first time in their regional football history.

Final Group B Standings

   Team              P  W  D  L   F   A  Pts
1 Vietnam         3   2   0   1   8   3  6
2 Philippines    3   1   2   0   3   1  5
3 Singapore     3   1   1   1   3   3  4
4 Myanmar       3   0   1   2   2   9  1

So the complete two-leg semi-final match-ups to be played as follows:-

15 Dec - Malaysia v Vietnam (Kuala Lumpur or Shah Alam)
16 Dec - Philippines v Indonesia (to be played at a neutral venue)
18 Dec - Vietnam v Malaysia (Hanoi)
19 Dec - Indonesia v Philippines (Jakarta)

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