Vietnam finished off their preparations for the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup on Sunday by overcoming a one-goal deficit to beat Malaysia 3-1 at the My Dinh National Stadium.
It was Harimau Malaya who had broken the deadlock when Amri Yahyah opened the scoring in the 22nd minute, but they failed to make the most of their first-half dominance and squandered a host of excellent chances to edge further ahead.
Just two minutes after the restart, the visitors were made to pay for their profligacy when Mac Hong Quan equalised with an emphatic strike into the top corner on the rebound, before things got worse for Malaysia when Muslim Ahmad was sent off shortly after for a last-man foul.
With the numerical advantage, it did not take long for Vietnam to edge ahead as Nguyen Van Quyet netted from the spot with a thumping effort in off the underside off the bar, after Mahalli Jasuli had given away a penalty.
And with nine minutes remaining, the comeback was completed as Vo Huy Toan pounced on a poor touch by Amri and had his initial effort saved by Khairul Fahmi, paving the way for Ngo Hoang Thinh to add a third for Toshiya Miura’s charges with a neat finish on the follow-up.
Vietnam, who are Group A hosts and will take on Indonesia, Philippines and Laos, kick off their campaign next Saturday, while Malaysia will do battle with Group B hosts Singapore, Thailand and Myanmar for a spot in the semi-finals.
Vietnam: Tran Nguyen Manh, Qui Ngoc Hai, Dinh Tien Thanh, Le Phuoc Tu, Nguyen Xuan Thanh, Nguyen Huy Hung, Le Tan Tai, Vu Minh Tuan, Nguyen Van Quyet, Pham Thanh Luong, Nguyen Hai Anh.
Malaysia: Khairul Fahmi, Mahalli Jasuli, Muslim Ahmad, Afif Amiruddin, Zubir Azmi, Azamuddin Akil, Shukor Adan, Gary Robbat, S. Kunanlan, Amri Yahyah, Norshahrul Idlan Talaha.