Vietnam draw with Indonesia again in football friendly

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Vietnam and Indonesia again drew scoreless in a friendly match in Hanoi Tuesday a month after a similar tie in Indonesia.

At the My Dinh Stadium the Vietnamese had more possession and scoring chances, but were unable to find the net.

They were still tired after more than a week of grueling training in Nha Trang, while the Indonesian team did not consist of some of the country's best players.

Football is divided in that country with some of the elite players being under the control of the Football Association of Indonesia (FAI) and others being managed by the organizers of the Indonesian Super League clubs.

FIFA only recognize teams controled by the FAI.

Speaking after the match Tuesday Indonesian coach Nil Mazaz said: "The Vietnamese players put more pressure on our team than they had done in the earlier friendly match in Indonesia. The Indonesian players were not as good as in the previous game.

"However, our players applied the planned strategies pretty well. I am pleased with the result of this match. I hope Indonesia will have a better result than just a draw if we meet again at the ASEAN Football Federation Cup [co-hosted by Thailand and Malaysia from November 24 to December 19]."

The Vietnamese coach, Phan Thanh Hung, said: "It is hard to expect more from the players at the moment. They are still tired from a training trip in Nha Trang. Anyway, I am happy with the performance ... today.

"They played well and applied exactly the strategies planned by the coaching staff. Of course, it is necessary to turn good performances into good results. If only we had scored a goal."

It was a pity that striker Cong Vinh had the middle toe of his right foot dislocated and had to limp off early after being tackled by an Indonesian player, but he was fortunate it was not broken, Hung said.

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