Vietnam on Monday defeated Indonesia 5-0 to win men’s football bronze medal at the 28th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games at the National Stadium in Singapore.
Losing 2-1 to Myanmar in the semifinal match on Saturday, Vietnam was thirsty for a bronze medal, playing a lowly Indonesia, which lost 5-1 to Thailand in the semifinal last weekend.
Vietnam soaked up plenty of pressure right at the beginning of the match with the return of Huu Dung after his injury and Phi Son in the midfield.
Striker Huy Toan stroked home a 13rd minute penalty after Indonesia defender Hansamu Yama Pranata was caught playing with his hand.
Mac Hong Quan successfully defeated Indonesia goalkeeper Amirrudin to notch an early lead for Vietnam.
In the 21st minute, Huy Toan sped past several Indonesia defenders to get a pass from Cong Phuong and scored the second goal.
Huy Toan completed his double in the match in the 40th minute from a similar situation. With his second goal, the 22-year-old striker of SHB Da Nang had a total of 5 goals to share the leading position with Myanmar’s Aung Sithu in the topscorers table.
In first half’s extra time, Huu Dung scored the fourth goal for Vietnam after receiving a good pass from Cong Phuong.
In the 71st minute, captain Ngoc Hai scored the fifth goal for Vietnam from a corner kick that passed through several Vietnam’s players ahead a confusing Indonesia’s defense.
Earlier Indonesia had lost 1-0 to Vietnam in a friendly match at Hanoi’s My Dinh Stadium on March 9.
The losing bronze medal match against Vietnam was also Indonesia’s final soccer act before succumbing to a FIFA ban after the government interfered in the running of the local football association.
Thailand is taking on Myanmar in the gold medal match at 7:30 PM today (June 15), Vietnam time.