Vietnam beat Philippines to keep World Cup qualification dream alive

By Hoang Nguyen       JUN. 6, 2024

Vietnam came back from time to time to secure a 3-2 victory over the Philippines in the World Cup qualifier at home on Thursday.

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    Victory for Vietnam!

    An incredible game at My Dinh ended with a 3-2 victory for Vietnam, thanks two goals by Tien Linh and the winning goal of Tuan Hai. Vietnam are now only one point behind Indonesia and they still have a chance to advance to the next round of World Cup qualifiers.


    Vietnamese players celebrate their final victory. Photo by Giang Huy

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    GOAL!! 3-2 for Vietnam

    Tuan Hai is the hero of Vietnam but Nguyen Tuan Anh contributed greatly to this goal with a shot from outside the box that made Etheridge punched the ball out. Hai got the ball and made a simple tap-in to score.



    Tuan Hai celebrates after scoring the winning goal for Vietnam. Photo by Lam Thoa

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    Vietnam put striker Nguyen Van Truong in to find the winning goal.

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    Seven minutes are added to the second half. If Vietnam end this game with a draw, their World Cup qualification campaign will be over.

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    Philippines equalize

    Right after Vietnam made two substitutions, Philippines found the goal. From a set-piece, the ball found Kevin Ingreso, who had a powerful shot that left keeper Van Lam no chance.


    Ingreso (number 6) celebrates his goal with teammates. Photo by Lam Thoa

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    Tien Linh had a chance to score a hattrick, but instead of shooting, he chose to made a pass to Van Toan, whose shot was blocked by Etheridge.

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    Vietnam got another chance to score as Tuan Hai tried to get past Etheridge with a turn but was not successful.

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    Vietnam score again!

    Vietnam completed the comeback with Tien Linh's stunning header. The substitution Phan Tuan Tai also made an inch-perfect cross in this goal. Linh marked his return to the scoresheet with a brace.


    Tien Linh takes a header against the Philippines' goal. Photo by Ngoc Thanh


    Tien Linh celebrates after scoring a brace. Photo by Lam Thoa

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    Van Toan was booked after a tackle to stop Philippines from making a counter-attack.

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    Quang Hai made a fine pass inside for Nguyen Hoang Duc, who was just 3 m away from goal but his header went too high. After that, Hai was subbed out for striker Pham Tuan Hai.


    Nguyen Hoang Duc (C) reacts after his header right in front the goal went too far. Photo by Giang Huy

Vietnam with three points are third in group F of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers second round. Their chance of advancing are slim, but Indonesia's 0-2 loss against Iraq in the earlier game gave Vietnam a glimpse of hope. But to keep that hope alive, they will have to beat a Philippines with many naturalized players in the squad.

My Dinh Stadium will be an advantage for Vietnam in this game, with the support of the home fans.

This is also the debut game of Kim Sang-sik as the head coach of Vietnam, after he was appointed last month to replace Frenchman Philippe Troussier.

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