Vietnam beat Myanmar, advance to AFF Cup semifinal as group’s top team

Vietnam didn’t have much trouble when they cruised past Myanmar with three goals to secure the top spot in group B and entered the semifinals.

The team got ahead early with an own goal of Myanmar defender Kyaw Zin Lwin in the 8th minute. However, the early goal didn’t help Vietnam play better, as their defense made three mistakes in just four minutes. Fortunately, Myanmar couldn’t utilize these mistakes.

The second goal came to Vietnam in the 27th minute when goalkeeper Tun Nanda Oo couldn’t catch the ball cleanly from a cross and the ball found Nguyen Tien Linh, who easily tapped it in.

In the second half, coach Park Hang-seo put several key players out, including an injured Tien Linh, but Vietnam still dominated and got the third goal with a long-range beauty by young striker Chau Ngoc Quang to secure the 3-0 win.

Vietnam will play Indonesia in the first leg of the semifinals on Friday.

Malaysia, who beat Singapore 4-1 in the other game of Group B Tuesday, will play Thailand in the semifinal.

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