Referee: R Krishnan

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Vietnam 0-0 Singapore: Holders survive

Singapore survived an endless stream of attacks to draw 0-0 with Vietnam in the first leg of their Southeast Asian championship semi-final on Wednesday.

The holders were on the back foot throughout as the home

side, spurred on by a capacity crowd, pounded the nervy

Singapore defence in search of a first final place in 10 years.

Striker Nguyen Viet Thang hit the post on 19 minutes with

only goalkeeper Lionel Lewis to beat and then went just wide

after an almost identical move.

Van Tai Em Phan had a header saved by Lewis who was again

called into action nine minutes after the break, spectacularly

tipping Nguyen Vu Phong's free kick over the bar.

Singapore, one of the region's strongest teams, had a goal

disallowed for offside in the 72nd minute from their only real


"This was our worst game so far, we didn't create any

chances," Singapore coach Radojko Avramovic told reporters.

"Vietnam were exceptional and we were very lucky."