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Vietnam beat Laos in AFF Cup opener

By Hoang Nguyen       DEC. 6, 2021

A 2-0 win against Laos secured defending champions Vietnam the first three points at the 2020 AFF Cup Championship.

  • 90'+3
    Time's up

    Vietnam secure three points with a 2-0 win against Laos in their first game of AFF Cup, with goals from Cong Phuong and Van Duc.


    Vietnamese players celebrate their first victory at the 2020 AFF Championship. Photo by Leo Shengwei

  • 90'

    Three minutes are added to the second half.

  • 86'

    Laos make another two substitutions, while Vietnam subs Ho Tan Tai out for Tran Dinh Trong.

  • 85'

    A corner puts Van Thanh in a convenient position to take a volley, but once again it is denied by keeper Souvannasangso.

  • 72'
    Penalty for Vietnam

    A Laos player receives a yellow card for handball inside the box and a penalty is awarded to Vietnam. However, Vu Van Thanh fails to convert the penalty as Laos keeper Souvannasangso makes a good save.

  • 72'

    Ketkeophomphone gets a chance to face keeper Nguyen Manh but he can't finish it cleanly.

  • 70'

    Tan Tai sprints down the right flank, does a fake move to remove a Laos defender and takes a shot, but he sidenets it.

  • 68'

    Laos make two substitutions.

  • 64'

    Ketkeophomphone gets a header from the freekick, but keeper Tran Nguyen Manh catches it easily.

  • 63'

    Nguyen Thanh Chung receives a yellow for tackling Vongchiengkham. Freekick for Laos.

Vietnam have gone through their longest losing streak (seven matches) after facing Asia's top teams in the World Cup qualifiers.

A victory against Laos in the AFF Cup opener would be a huge boost mentally for the team and this will not be a hard task for coach Park Hang-seo and the players.

In the most recent seven encounters between two teams, Laos lost all of them and failed to score any goal. On FIFA world ranking, Laos are 185th while Vietnam 99th.

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