In the meantime, Vietnam faced little difficulty to beat Brunei 7-0 in the second game of the day.
“We are just glad that we got the first three points in the competition. It is always good to win,” said Trieu Quang Ha, the chief coach of Vietnam.
“We are also pleased with the number of goals scored as I believe that in a competition as close as this, it will all come down to goal difference.”
The score at the end of the first half was 4-0 with goals off a brace each from Nguyen Thanh Hien (15th and 25th minute) and Nguyen Xuan Nam (17th and 23rd).
Vietnam were more relaxed in the second half although Thanh Hien did complete his hat –trick with his third goal in the game in the 71st minute before further goals from Phan Ding Thang (74th) and Nguyen Tuan Vu (83rd).
“What we have learned from this game is the need to be physically stronger especially when we are playing against a fast team like Vietnam,” added Zainuddin Kassim, the chief coach of Brunei.
“We slowed down the game in the second half as the players were not really fit and that probably saved us a bigger score line.”