Already securing a slot in the semifinals, Philippines had a 1-3 lost to host Vietnam at the last group A match at Hanoi’s My Dinh Stadium on Friday evening as both teams book their places in the semifinals.
Vietnam players kicked off the match and striker Cong Vinh was down in the box after facing Filipino goalkeeper but the Japanese referee Minoru rejected a penalty.
But a yellow card for Cong Vinh did not slow down Vietnam’s attacks and Hoang Thinh scored a goal after defeating goalkeeper Patrick with a far kick.
Vietnam continued to attack and Cong Vinh appeared to be sent down by Aguinaldo once again in the attack but, another penalty was rejected.
Van Quyet and Thanh Luong had a sharp attack in the 38 minute but Vietnam players did not score any goal in the rest time of the first half.
Vu Minh Tuan scored the second goal for Vietnam only five minutes into the second half with a narrow corner shot, after getting a good pass from the previous scorer Hoang Thinh.
In the 60th minute, Thanh Luong scored the third goal for Vietnam with a shot from a far distance with the outside of his right foot.
Philippines shortened the distance with a shot by Mulders who was sent into the match soon earlier.
With a total of seven points after two wins and a draw, Vietnam ranked first in Group A and will be getting through to the semifinals with Philippines, who ranked second with six points.
In the other match in Group A, which took place at the same time, Indonesia crushed the already-disqualified Laos 5-1 at Hanoi’s Hang Day Stadium to earn four points meant for competing with Vietnam in case the host lost.
In Group B's matches that will take place on November 29, Thailand will play against Myanmar while Singapore will face Malaysia.
Already ranked first in the group with six points, Thailand will play against the Philippines in the semifinals while Vietnam will play the runner-up in Group B.