Vietnam escape heat from Indonesia with 0-0 draw in AFF Cup semis

By Hoang Nguyen       JAN. 6, 2023

Vietnam made it past a tough first leg of AFF Cup semifinal at Indonesia's Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in a goalless draw on Friday.

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    Time's up!

    The first leg of the 2022 AFF Cup semifinals ended goalless. The hosts Indonesia couldn't utilize their home ground advantage and accepted a draw. They will play the second leg at Vietnam's home stadium My Dinh in three days.

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    Indonesia went all out to seek a goal, but Vietnam and particularly keeper Van Lam stayed focused.

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    Indonesia made three late substitutions.

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    Nguyen Van Toan is Vietnam's fourth substitution, replacing Van Duc. The second half has five additional minutes.

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    Ferdinan fell down in the box but the referee said no penalty for Indonesia.

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    The referee let the game continue when Dendy pushed Ngoc Hai to win the ball. Fortunately for Vietnam, Tuan Anh was there to tackle the ball at Sayuri's feet. Arhan tried to finish from the left flank but the shot went too high.

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    Indonesia made first substitution: Kambuya is out for Irianto.

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    Third substitution for Vietnam as captain Hung Dung is replaced by Nguyen Tuan Anh. The captain's armband is given to defender Que Ngoc Hai. Indonesia have yet to make a substitution.

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    Doan Van Hau (number 5) tries to stop Yakob Sayuri. Photo by Lam Thoa

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    Two substitutions for Vietnam: striker Nguyen Tien Linh, who had a disappointing game, is replaced by Pham Tuan Hai and Van Thanh are out for Ho Tan Tai.

Only 50,000 spectators are allowed in the 77,193-capacity Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta for the 2022 AFF Cup semifinal first leg between the host and Vietnam on Friday.

The game has been advanced by three hours on security grounds.

The football world governing body FIFA has sent experienced staff to Indonesia to monitor the match, and the Asian Football Confederation also did so.

There will be two match supervisors instead of the usual one, unprecedented for a Southeast Asian football tournament.

The precautions are being taken since recently in Indonesia's Kanjuruhan Stadium 130 people died in a stampede during a match.

Vietnam are so far unbeaten in the group stage, scoring 12 goals and conceding none. During the past five years, in all competitions, Indonesia have never beaten Vietnam, losing six matches and playing to a draw in one contest.

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