Vietnam claimed the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Under-16 Championship after defeating China 1-0 in the final match
at the Manahan Stadium in Indonesia on Sunday.
It was the second time in a week that Vietnam beat China at the event. Six days earlier, during the opening match, the squad routed China's10-man team.
The Vietnamese came into the final after two 1-0 wins over China and Indonesia, respectively. The team kept close guard on the bigger Chinese players and left them no space for easy scoring.
The Chinese understood their opponents better than they had in the first encounter but failed to find a way into Vietnam's goals.
Vietnam, on the other hand, scored right before the break.
Anh Tuan (who took the solitary goal against China six days before) fired a powerful shot that Chinese goalkeeper Xu Jiamin could only push away. The ball found an unmarked Xuan Nam who sent it into an empty net.
After the interval, China launched more attacks but Vietnam stood firm till the final whistle while East Timor upset Indonesia 2-0 in the fight for the third place.
Speaking at a press conference after the final, Chinese coach Zhang Ning admitted Vietnam deserved to take the championship and Vietnam's Hoang Van Phuc said he was pleased with his players' achievement.
The event was a good chance to prepare the Vietnamese boys for the Asian Under-16 Football Championship 2010 to take place in Uzbekistan from October 24 till November 7.