Naypyitaw, Myanmar — Singapore defeated Vietnam 1-0 in men’s football at the 27th SEA Games in Myanmar on Tuesday evening.
The match was a crucial Group A encounter at Zeyar Thiri Stadium that showed just how unpredictable these games can be, as Singapore was coming off a stunningly disappointing opening match 1-1 draw with Laos just two days ago, and Vietnam off a very impressive 7-0 opening game thrashing of Brunei.
But Singapore striker Sahil Suhaimi scored late in the first half to give his team a 1-0 lead at the break.
Time and time again, Singapore absorbed the relentless Vietnamese onslaught, executing their defensive game plan to near-perfection.
As they usually do, Vietnam used their quick passing game to attack, bashing the Singapore backline early in the contest, but Le Van Thang missed the top corner, it was reported.
It was Singapore that finally broke the tie in the 42nd minute when Sahil’s shot from outside the box came off defender Pham Manh Hung for the lead.
In the second half Vietnam was relentless, pressing hard for the equalizer repeatedly, but the young Lions’ defence held.
With goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud in excellent form, the Vietnamese never could get the tying score, and Singapore won the contest 1-0.
With the win, Singapore moved into first place in the Group A standings, followed by Vietnam and Malaysia.
Singapore’s next match is against Brunei on Friday, December 13. Vietnam’s next match is against Laos on Sunday, December 15.