Following their formidable combination against DPR Korea, midfielder Shi Jiayi and forward Aleksander Duric were in the thick of the action once again, this time Duric turning provider for Jiayi to give Singapore a well deserved lead in the 24th minute.
The home side continued to press on after the break and were rewarded with the equaliser courtesy of Phan Van Tai Em in the 76th minute.
Singapore finished the game strong and came agonisingly close to grabbing a famous victory in the dying minutes after Fazrul Nawaz saw his headed attempt hit the upright in the 87th minute.
Coach Radojko Avramovic was content with the result and proud of his boys’ showing in the last two matches.
“As we expected, Vietnam played with a lot of movement and quick passing but in the end I feel we were unlucky not to win. We came very close with Masrezwan’s goal disallowed and Fazrul hitting the bar. Considering that some of these players are with the national team for the first time, I feel that they have done very well here.” said Avramovic.
Singapore will play against the Korea Republic Under-23 team on Saturday in their last match in Hanoi.
“The boys have done well in the last two games but I expect the next game to be the toughest. It has been physically demanding on the players in the last few days and in my opinion, the South Koreans are the best team in this tournament.” concluded Avramovic.
Vietnam 1-1 Singapore
Scorer - Shi Jia Yi
Singapore: Hassan Sunny, Daniel Bennett, Hamqaamal Shah (Irwan Shah 46’), Rosman Sulaiman, Razaleigh Khalik (Noh Rahman 65’), Ruzaini Zainal (Masrezwan Masturi 46’), Shi Jiayi, Tengku Mushadad (Isa Halim 64’), Adrian Dhanaraj, Aleksandar Duric (C) (Juma'at Jantan 82’), Fazrul Nawaz