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Việt Nam are champions!

Viet Nam face Malaysia with the support of thousands of fans at home. — VNA/VNS Photo
Viet Nam News


HA NOI — Viet Nam capped a historic year of football success by lifting silverware in front of an ecstatic crowd in Ha Noi on Saturday.

The national team defeated Malaysia 1-0 in the second leg of the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup final at My Dinh National Stadium, securing a 3-2 aggregate win after a 2-2 draw in the first leg in Malaysia on Tuesday.

“Actually, I can’t express my feelings now, I only know that I am very, very happy. On behalf of the Viet Nam team, I thank the fans very much. With their great support, Viet Nam won big victories,” said striker Nguyen Anh Duc.

“The match today was very wonderful,” said Duc.

With the support of thousands of fans at home, Viet Nam dominated the opening exchanges.

Just six minutes in, Duc made My Dinh National Stadium and the whole country erupt with joy by volleying home Nguyen Quang Hai’s cross for his fourth goal of the tournament.

The goal seemed to wake the Malaysians up and just two minutes later, Vietnamese goalkeeper Dang Van Lam received a yellow card after a clash with Malaysian striker Zaquan Adha, before Mohamadou Sumareh struck the crossbar.

Viet Nam take the AFF Cup’s trophy tonight. — Photo:

In the 12th minute, Hai completed a skillful move to overcome the Malaysian defence on the right wing, however his tame shot was no trouble for Malaysian goalkeeper Farizal Marlias.

Midfielder Do Hung Dung had another chance to double the score for Viet Nam but goalkeeper Marlias blocked his long shot.

In the 30th minute, Nguyen Huy Hung received a yellow card, making him the fourth Vietnamese to be carded after midfielder Tran Dinh Trong, defender Nguyen Trong Hoang and Lam.

Striker Nguyen Anh Duc celebrates his opening goal against Malaysia in the second leg of the AFF Cup final. — VNA/VNS Photo


Vietnamese players celebrate their historic victory against Malaysia. — VNA/VNS Photo

With the first half winding down, Lam made an important save to keep Syahmi Safari’s shot out, ensuring the hosts took a 1-0 lead into the interval.

After the break, the visitors pushed on seeking the equaliser, and Syahmi Safari came close, only for Lam to produce another superb save.

Lam, who was born in Moscow to a Vietnamese father and a Russian mother, then saved a free kick from danger man Safawi Rasid in the 54th minute.

Most of the rest of the second half was dominated by the visitors as they chased the two goals they needed to take the trophy, however the outstanding Lam was impregnable.

Deep into added time, Malaysia’s Sharul Saad was sent off for a second yellow card and minutes later the final whistle sounded, sending the entire nation into ecstasy.

This is the second time Viet Nam have won the regional title, having lifted the trophy 10 years ago in 2008.

After the match, the event’s organising board gave Vietnamese midfielder Hai the man of the match award with the prize of US$10,000.

The win sparked celebrations across the nation, with an incredible year of football success capped off with the glory of silverware and the knowledge that Viet Nam are Southeast Asian’s top football team. — VNS

A fan shows his love for head coach Park Hang-seo. — VNA/VNS Photo
Vietnamese fans celebrate Viet Nam’s win in the AFF Suzuki Cup. — VNA/VNS Photo
The whole country seemed to hit the streets to celebrate the victory. — VNA/VNS Photo
Vietnamese fans arrive at My Dinh National Stadium to cheer on the boys in red. — VNA/VNS Photo
Fans drive farming machines around Ha Noi to show their support for Viet Nam. c VNA/VNS Photo
The streets in Ha Noi are filled with fans. - VNA/VNS Photo


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