Khatoco Khanh Hoa fought to a 1-1 tie with reigning champions Nam Dinh at the 16th edition of the Thanh Nien-sponsored U21 National Football Championship on Wednesday.
Nam Dinh's aggressive start paid off with The Vuong scoring the opener after 18 minutes.
Khanh Hoa did not have many chances in the first half but they began to play better after the break and found an equalizer midway through the second through striker Ba Thiem, who was later chosen player of the match.
In another match, Than Quang Ninh and Dong Tam Long An also scored a goal each in a tied match.
Nam Dinh coach Tran Nam Long said, "The four teams of group B will all have to start from the beginning, so it will be a fierce fight till the final minute. My players did not play well today. We will have to play better to advance."