Vietnam beats Singapore 3-0 to win AYA Bank Cup

By Tan Lam, Thanh Nien News

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Vietnam's Cong Vinh (C) vies for the ball with two Singapore defenders. Photo: Ngoc Linh Vietnam's Cong Vinh (C) vies for the ball with two Singapore defenders. Photo: Ngoc Linh

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Vietnam defeated Singapore 3-0 with all the goals in the last minutes on Monday to win the four-team AYA Bank Cup in Myanmar.
“We played well and won the cup. We faced Hong Kong and Singapore and won by playing our best, not because we were lucky,” Vietnam coach Nguyen Huu Thang said.
Singapore kicked off the match with a focus on defense, blocking all the attacks by Vietnam strikers.
Vietnam players organized sharper attacks in the second half. Cong Vinh had a dangerous attempt in the 71st minute, but it was blocked by midfielder Baihakki bin Khaizan.
Goalkeeper Sunny Hassan played well in the second half when he caught all other shots by Thanh Luong and Van Quyet.
In the first minute of the extra time, Cong Vinh got a pass from Van Quyet and defeated Hassan to score the first goal for Vietnam.
Singapore began to attack, leaving a weak defense and Van Quyet scored the second goal.
Thanh Trung, who replaced Thanh Luong during the extra time, scored the third goal in the 114th minute.
Vietnam became the champion of the first AYA Bank Cup, winning a prize of US$20,000.
Singapore was awarded $10,000 while host Myanmar got $5,000, after beating Hong Kong 3-0 in the third-place playoff earlier on Monday.
Coach Huu Thang said the title is a motivation for Vietnam to play well at the 2016 ASEAN Football Federation Cup, which will be co-hosted by Myanmar and the Philippines from November 19 to December 17.

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