Vietnam’s second game in men’s football at the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games with the Philippines ended goalless on Sunday night.
Both Vietnam and the Philippines were off to a great start at the tournament two days earlier after their 3-0 and 4-0 wins over Indonesia and Timor Leste, respectively.
Heavy rain did not stop spectators from filling up Viet Tri Stadium in the northern Vietnamese province of Phu Tho to cheer for the hosts.
While most of Vietnam’s shots either went over the bar or were side netted, the Philippines’ finishes did not cause Vietnamese goalkeeper Nguyen Van Toan any troubles.
The first 45 minutes ended without a goal although Vietnam pushed forward and dominiated the game.
Vietnam were threatening the Philippines’ goal with many chances created from corners five minutes after the restart.
However, the Golden Stars had difficulty finding a way into the opponents' goal, and their shots needed more accuracy.
Meanwhile, the Philippine defense remained effective until the last added minute.
The 0-0 draw saw the Philippines retaining their top position in Group A, right above Vietnam, although the two sides are now level on four points as the junior Azkals have scored four goals compared to the Vietnamese's three.
Vietnam will play Myanmar on May 13.
The 31st SEA Games will take place in Hanoi and 11 neighboring provinces and cities from May 12 to 23, with some events set to commence a few days before the opening ceremony, including men’s and women’s football, kickboxing, diving, futsal, and Kurash.
The biennial event was originally scheduled to be held from November 21 to December 2, 2021 but was postponed after Vietnam saw a flare-up of COVID-19 cases in late April the same year.
The tournament will be attended by 11 delegations from Southeast Asian nations and consist of 526 categories in 40 sports.
Over 7,878 athletes, coaches, and members of the 11 sports delegations have registered for the event.