Vietnam bow out of AFF Futsal Championship following ‘worst defeat’

‘This is the worst defeat that we have ever suffered,” said Vietnam’s coach Miguel Rodrigo  

Vietnamese players failed to find a breakthrough. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The Vietnamese national futsal team have been knocked out of the ASEAN Football Federation HDBank Futsal Championship 2017 after losing 1-5 to Malaysia in the semifinals in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday.

Malaysia proved too good for the hosts as they dominated possession right after kick-off.

Mohd Khairul’s double put his side ahead with Mohamad Nawi and Akmarulnizam scoring within one minute to extend the lead.

Three red cards, two of which to Vietnamese players, were shown in the intense second half.

Mohd Khairul, wearing jersey number seven, celebrates after scoring. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Mohd Khairul, wearing jersey number seven, celebrates after scoring. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The advantage let Akmarulnizam put his name on the scoresheet again with five minutes left before Ngoc Son brought home a consolidation goal.

“The opponents deserved to win right from the start to the very end,” said Vietnam’s coach Miguel Rodrigo.

“This is the worst defeat that we have ever suffered. We were pushed to the wall and made silly mistakes, which saw us concede goal after goal.”

“But this is a chance for us take a look at ourselves and improve,” the Spanish coach added.

Miguel Rodrigo, wearing a light blue shirt, looks helpless outside the pitch. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Miguel Rodrigo, wearing a light blue shirt, looks helpless outside the pitch. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Rodrigo’s side will hope for a better performance in the third-place match against Myanmar, the team Vietnam defeated 3-0 to top Group A on Monday.

The game will take place on Friday, the same day as the final between Malaysia and Thailand, who crushed Myanmar 8-3 in the semifinals.

The top four teams of the AFF Futsal Championship 2017 will qualify for the 2018 AFC Futsal Championship.

The home crowd watching the match. Photo: Tuoi Tre
The home crowd watching the match in despair. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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