SEA Games: Vietnam continues impressive run, beating Laos 6-1

By Minh Nga       NOV. 28, 2019

Nguyen Tien Linh's hat-trick stood out as Vietnamese men posted their second straight facile win in SEA Games football Thursday, beating Laos 6-1.

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    Final whistle

    Vietnam lead 6-1 and secure their top position of Group B, with three games to spare.

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    Quang Hai brings the goal to 6-1 seconds before the game ends.

  • 90'

    The second half has three extra minutes.

  • 88'

    Hoang Duc misses a chance to score. 

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    Trong Hoang reacts after scoring the fifth goal for Vietnam. Photo by Duc Dong.

  • 83'

    Trong Hoang brings the score to 5-1 for Vietnam.

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    Newcomer Hoang Duc misses a chance to score, sending the ball beyond the bar.

  • 75'

    Hattrick hero Tien Linh is replaced by Hoang Duc.

  • 74'

    Ngoc Bao heads in from Viet Hung's corner, but it lacks accuracy.

  • 71'

    "Laos Messi" Vongchiengkham shots from a freekick, but Vietnam's keeper Van Toan punches it out.

The Laos match starts at 3 p.m. Hanoi time. In their first SEA Games matches, Vietnam defeated Brunei 6-0 on Monday while Laos had a goalless draw against Singapore on Tuesday.

Vietnam will meet other group B teams, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand, next month. Group A has hosts Philippines, Timor Leste, Myanmar, Malaysia, and Cambodia.

Vietnam's target at this year's SEA Games is to win gold, which will be the first for Vietnam's men's football at the tournament. In the five times that Vietnamese men entered the final, they were beaten by Thailand four times and Malaysia the other time.

Thailand were crowned champions in men’s football at the previous SEA Games in 2017. Host Malaysia snatched the silver and the bronze went to Indonesia.

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