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Vietnam will oust Indonesia to reach AFF Suzuki Cup final: ex-coach

Vietnam will oust Indonesia to reach AFF Suzuki Cup final: ex-coach

Wednesday, December 07, 2016, 14:48 GMT+7

Former head coach Henrique Calisto believes Vietnam will make a comeback and reach the final of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2016 at the expense of Indonesia in their second-leg semifinal on Wednesday night.

Having lost 1-2 to Indonesia in the first leg last week, Vietnam must win 1-0, or beat the visitors by at least two goals in Hanoi tonight.

The precious away goal is one of the advantages that will help the hosts to stage a second-leg comeback against Indonesia, according to ex-coach Henrique Calisto.

The Portuguese national led Vietnam between 2008 and 2011.

In a pre-game interview with Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper, Calisto said besides taking advantage of the away goal rule, Vietnam will be playing in front of 40,000 home fans at the My Dinh National Stadium, who will surely put pressure on the Indonesians.

According to the Portuguese coach, Indonesia failed to demonstrate an effective playing style in the first-leg, with the Vietnamese defense capable of neutralizing their attacks.

However, Calisto suggested that Vietnam’s defenders stay cautious and keep good ‘communication’ with each other.

The ex-coach added that Indonesia may adopt a defensive strategy as they only need a draw to advance.

Former Vietnam head coach Henrique Calisto. Photo: AFP

If Vietnam beat Indonesia 2-1 in normal time, the game will go to extra time, with the away goal rule in effect. If the teams remain level after two periods of extra time, the game will go to a penalty shootout.

On Thursday, defending champions Thailand will play their second-leg semifinal against Myanmar in Bangkok, after a 2-0 away win on Sunday.

The AFF Suzuki Cup 2016 final will be staged over two home-and-away games on December 14 and 17.

This year’s AFF Suzuki Cup comprises eight competing Southeast Asian countries, and is co-hosted by Myanmar and the Philippines between November 19 and December 17.

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