Singapore ensured that they did not leave the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) U-19 Championship without any points after they earned a 2-2 draw against Vietnam. Prior to their match against the Vietnamese the Young cubs’ woefulness at the tournament was glaring.
They had suffered four defeats in their four previous matches in Group A, conceding 17 goals and scoring only once. On the other hand, their opponents needed a big win and to also hope that Indonesia beat Thailand if they were to make it to the semi-finals.
Nguyen Huu Tang scored the first goal of the contest to give his side a 1-0 lead going into the break. Singapore came out with more intent in the second half and levelled matters on 62 minutes through Rezza Rezky, although Akmal Azman looked to have glanced the ball in.
Vietnam however kept attacking and their efforts paid off when Van Nam made it 2-1 with 14 minutes left. Needing more goals, the Vietnamese continued to attack and allowed Singapore to score their second goal with five minutes left through Syahadat Bin Masnawi. As Thailand edged Indonesia 2-1, the result meant that Vietnam was sent packing from the competition.
Singapore finished bottom of Group A with a point, with Laos, Philippines and Vietnam bowing out of the competition at the group stage as well.