The Philippines showed everyone that they are not competing in the AFF Suzuki Cup 2010 just for fun with a 2-0 win over Vietnam at Hanoi’s My Dinh Stadium yesterday.
The visitors created the biggest upset of the tournament so far with a strong defensive display that left defending champions Vietnam searching for answers in their second group B match.
It was the first time the Philippines had ever beaten Vietnam in an international tournament.
Chris Greatwich opened the scoring for the Philippines in the 38th minute and Philip Younghusband added a second in the 78th minute, both from counter-attacks resulting from mistakes by the hosts who left themselves thin at the back as they went in search of a goal.
Their victory was a great gift to chief coach Simon McMenemy who will be 33 today.
McMenemy, who is on a four-month contract with the Philippines, fielded a defensive line up that succeeded in dominating the midfield, not allowing the Vietnamese players a chance to get into their stride.
“I am pleased with the way my players did. They overcome the obstacle of Vietnam today,” said McMenemy.
“I told them before the match that they should keep working hard and play their best and wait for some luck. They had a good game and converted two out of three chances into goals,” he added.