A weak defense dashed Vietnam's hope to reach the final of the ASEAN Football Federation Suzuki Cup 2014 as it suffered a 4-2 defeat to Malaysia in the second leg of the semi-final match.
Vietnam defeated Malaysia 2-1 in the first leg in Stadium Shah Alam. But that edge did not last long as Safiq Rahim scored the first goal for Malaysia after being awarded a penalty at the 4th minute.
Capitalizing on a mistake by goalkeeper Nguyen Manh, Idlan Tahala scored the second goal for Malaysia at the 16th minute.
Japanese referee Maasaki Toma awarded Vietnam another penalty in the 22nd minute and striker Cong Vinh converted it.
In the 29th minute, Vietnam’s defender Tien Thanh scored a goal for Malaysia during a failed effort to clear the ball out.
Vietnam’s defense continued to reveal loopholes in the 43rd minute when Adan scored 4-1 for Malaysia with a header.
Vietnam’s Coach Toshiya Miura sent in Hai Anh and Mac Hong Quan hoping for stronger attack in the second half.
Cong Vinh had his second goal at the 79th minute but Malaysia held on tight to win on a 5-4 aggregate.
The match took place under strict security after Vietnamese fans were attacked by Malaysian hooligans during the first leg match.
About 500 Malaysian fans were arranged at a separate zone at Hanoi's My Dinh Stadium on Thursday.
In Ho Chi Minh City, all traffic police were deployed to maintain security after thousands of people thronged the streets on Sunday night to celebrate Vietnam's victory in the first leg.
Malaysia will play Thailand in the final on December 17. On Wednesday, Thailand beat Philippines 3-0 at the other semifinal match.