Vietnam beat Brunei 6-1 in their final Group B match at the Under-19 Southeast Asian Football Championship in Indonesia on Friday.
It was their fifth win out of five group stage matches and the Vietnamese U19 boys advanced to the semifinals as the group leaders with 15 points, followed by hosts Indonesia in second place with 10 points.
The Vietnamese boys scored the opener after 7 minutes and finished the first half leading 3-0, before scoring three more goals in the second half while Brunei also managed to score a consolation goal before bowing out of the competition without a point.
Vietnam will play Group A’s second-placed Laos in the semifinals while Indonesia will clash with Group A’s leaders Timor-Leste.
With the French coach Grachen Guillaume holding the reins, the Vietnamese U19s, most of whom are from the Hoang Anh Gia Lai-Arsenal JMG Academy, have been displaying superb performances at the contest and have received a lot of praise.
However, the academy boss Doan Nguyen Duc said that people should not praise the young players to the skies.
In other action, Vietnam's women footballers have advanced to the semifinals of the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF)'s Women Championship in Myanmar.
Vietnam will play the Japanese Under-23 team while hosts Myanmar will take on the Australian U19s.
To make the AFF's Women Championship more competitive and exciting, the organizers invited the Japanese U23s and the Australian U19s. The invited guests proved very strong at the contest.
The Australian U19s finished top of Group B while the Japanese U23s won all their four group stage matches to top Group A.