After three matches, Vietnam are in control of Group A of the AFF Vietcombank Under-19 Championship when they overcame a fighting Philippines side 4-3 here tonight at the Hang Day Stadium.
Needing to win after two losses in the group, the Philippines showed they were no pushovers when they made Vietnam work for everything before the homesters were able to win the full three points.
“Again, we did not play as well as we should and defensively, we need to be better,” said Vietnam coach Hoang Anh Tuan.
“We will have a few days rest before the final game in the group (against Malaysia), so we will have time to work on the team.”
In the meantime, Malaysia scored their second win the group when they beat Singapore 2-1. Malaysia had beaten the Philippines 5-0 two days earlier while for Singapore, it was their first loss after the scoreless draw against hosts Vietnam.