Vietnam loses to Thailand in U19 regional final shootout

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Vietnam lost 4-5 to Thailand in a penalty shootout in the ASEAN Football Federation Championship final in Myanmar on Wednesday after a 1-1 draw in a dramatic U19 fight.

The match was scheduled to start at 6 p.m. but a downpour delayed it until 9 p.m. But the match was delayed again after 10 minutes because the Vietnamese teenagers refused to continue.

They believed a Thai player had dived in Vietnam's penalty area without being tackled by Vietnamese goalkeeper Son Hai, but Malaysian referee Nagor Amir Noor Mohamed awarded Thailand a penalty kick.

After some persuasion and directions from the coaching staff, the Vietnamese boys got back to the field and scored an equalizer shortly afterward.

Both teams played more cautiously in the second half. Thai player Jaturong Pimkoon was sent off 15 minutes after the break after tackling Vietnamese goalkeeper Son Hai and receiving the second yellow card.

However, the Vietnamese players failed to take the advantage of playing with more players on the field and let the match reach the penalty shootout.

In the shootout, the Vietnamese players could only score four goals from five kicks but Son Hai saved the fifth kick by a Thai player.

However, referee Mohamed let the Thai player take a penalty kick again, saying goalkeeper Hai had moved before the Thai player kicked the ball.

The Thai player succeeded the next time, winning Thailand win the championship.

Vietnam finished second but striker Xuan Nam won the "Best Scorer" title with six goals at the event.

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