The Vietnamese men's national football team beat Timor-Leste 2-0 in their third Group B match at the 26th South East Asian Games in Indonesia on Wednesday.
It had been expected to be a hard game for Vietnam because Timor-Leste was leading the group with six points from two wins, while Vietnam was in second place with four points.
Things looked more difficult before the beginning of the clash after third-placed Myanmar, playing their third match earlier in the day, thrashed Brunei 4-0 to take the top spot with seven points, pushing Timor-Leste and Vietnam to second and third places respectively.
The Vietnamese players started the game under a lot of pressure from Timor-Leste. In the first 10 minutes, Timor-Leste had at least three potentially dangerous free kicks at the goal.
Vietnam showed it was settling down with a free kick a couple of minutes later that had goalie Emerson Carlos of Timor-Leste in some trouble.
Timor-Leste's chances of putting up a good fight lessened somewhat when their playmaker Almeida Murilo was sent off with a red card after tackling Chu Ngoc Anh of Vietnam.
Vietnam stepped up their attacks but had to wait till after the break to open their score when midfielder Trong Hoang beat Carlos after collecting a long pass from right fullback Au Van Hoan.
Relentless attacking play by Vietnam was rewarded with the second goal midway through the second half after Au Van Hoan received a pass from the left flank, pushed it past a defender and unfurled a powerful shot into the net.
Timor-Leste tried gamely for the remaining part of the game, but faced an uphill task with ten players on the field.
With the same seven points as Myanmar, Vietnam is in second place now on goal difference.