Thais to face Vietnam for Asean Cup (21/12/2008 )



Singapore - Vietnam advanced to the final of the AFF Suzuki Cup against Thailand after defeating Singapore 1-0 in the second leg semi-final at the National Stadium on Sunday.

Vietnam and Singapore had played to a goalless draw in the first leg semi-final on Wednesday.

It was a sea of red at the National Stadium as the home crowd turned out to support their team.

The game started off fast and furious in the early stages, with Noh Alam Shah attempting two near goals within the first 10 minutes.

But tempers flared as the match got more tense with Shah and Shahril Ishak receiving yellow cards.

Quick thinking by Pham Thanh Luong saved the Vietnamese side from scoring an own goal.

But intense pressure from both sides resulted in the first half of the match ending in a goalless draw.

Singaporeís heroics came to naught when Vietnamís Nguyen Quang Hai scored in the 76th minute.

Radojko Avramovic, coach, Singapore Football Team, said: "Everyone was trying hard, everyone was trying on that field. From that side, I really canít complain. I wish Vietnam good luck in the final."

Vietnam will play against Thailand in the final. Thailand had defeated Indonesia 2-1 in the second leg semi-final match on Saturday night in Bangkok.