The Vietnam U-19 men’s football team. ( Image: VFF )
Vietnam started the match with great determination to earn their first three points in the qualifying round, creating several chances to score but failed to convert any of them into goals during the first 45 minutes.
After the interval, the hosts intensified their offense and pressure on the Malaysian side, aiming to break the deadlock. In the 60th minute, U-19 Vietnam missed another chance to take the lead when Sy Sam’s header was saved by the visitors’ goalkeeper Farhan, and no goals were scored in the remainder of the match.
In another game the same day, U-19 Laos caused a big surprise when they tied with U-19 Myanmar 2-2.
U-19 Vietnam will play their second game against U-19 Myanmar at the Thong Nhat Stadium on November 4 while Laos will face the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
The 2012 AFC U-19 Championship has attracted 39 qualifying teams which are divided into seven groups. Vietnam is in Group F along with Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.