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Vietnam defeat Yemen, hopeful for Asian Cup Round of 16

By Staff reporters       JAN. 16, 2019

Two goals from a free kick and a penalty earned Vietnam first win at AFC Asian Cup, and possibly a spot in the next round.

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    Nguyen Quang Hai (L) scored for Vietnam from a free kick and Que Ngoc Hai doubled the scoreboard from a penalty. Photo by VnExpress/Van Loc

  • 90'+2

    The game ends 2-0 for Vietnam. With this score, Vietnam need to wait for the result of the other matches to know if they can advance to the next round.

  • 86'

    Yemen forward Al Sasi takes a volley inside the box but the ball is blocked by a Vietnam defender.

  • 84'

    Sub-in Vuong takes a free kick but the ball goes straight into the hands of Yemen goalkeeper.

  • 81'

    Last substitution for Vietnam: Nguyen Cong Phuong is subbed out for Tran Minh Vuong.

  • 77'

    Nguyen Cong Phuong receives a yellow card for reacting with the referee.

  • 75'

    Another Yemen player is injured and replaced.

  • 73'

    Yemen's Al Sarori takes a dangerous shot from the right wing, but the ball goes across the bar.

  • 71'

    Phan Van Duc, who brings the penalty to Vietnam, is subbed out for forward Nguyen Van Toan.

  • 67'

    Vietnam get a corner, their sixth in the game.

Vietnamese fans gather outside the Hazza bin Zayed stadium several hours before the Vietnam-Yemen match. Photo by VnExpress/Anh Khoa

Vietnamese fans gather outside the Hazza bin Zayed stadium several hours before the Vietnam-Yemen match. Photo by VnExpress/Anh Khoa

Vietnamese players practice a day before the game. Photo by VnExpress/Anh Khoa

Vietnamese players practice a day before the game. Photo by VnExpress/Anh Khoa

Yemen players practice before the game. Photo by VnExpress/Van Loc

Yemen players practice before the game. Photo by VnExpress/Van Loc

The game starts at Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, UAE, at 11 p.m. (Hanoi time).

Vietnam enter the last game of the Asian Cup group stage with two losses against Iran and Iraq. They need an outright win in this third game to make the top four third-placed teams out of six groups to advance to round of 16.

Coach Park Hang-seo has said the team will do anything they can.

"I am seeing big crowds of Vienamese fans at the stadium. That will boost the players," he said ahead of the game.

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