Singapore through to ASEAN Championship semi's

January 17, 2007

SINGAPORE, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Singapore drew 2-2 with Indonesia on Wednesday to make the final four of the Asean championship along with Vietnam, who boosted their goal difference with a 9-0 hammering of Laos.

Noh Alam Shah got his eighth goal of the competition to put Singapore ahead early in the first half, scoring a penalty after goalkeeper Lional Lewis pulled Indra Sahdan to the ground.

Indonesia answered back on 26 minutes when llham Jaya Kusuma scored on the turn after Ismed Sofyan's free kick cannoned off the wall.

Indra Sahdan Daud put Singapore back in front two minutes after the break, heading the ball across the line after Erol Eba failed to clear his looping shot.

However, Indonesia made it all square on 55 minutes when Zarerial Arief chested down Atep's corner and volleyed home into the top right hand corner.

Four goals from Phan Thanh Binh, a hat-trick from Le Cong Vinh and a Ngueyn Van Bien brace helped Vietnam set up a crunch match with rivals Thailand next week.

Indonesia's two goals had left Vietnam needing at least six to go through to the semi-final stage.

Peter Withe's future as Indonesian coach now looks in doubt after the country's soccer chiefs hinted he may be sacked if he failed to win the tournament.

Singapore face Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, while Vietnam will play Thailand in Hanoi a day later in the first legs of the semi-finals.