Vietnam score 2-1 victory over Philippines at AFF Cup semi-finals

By Staff reporters       DEC. 2, 2018

Winning the first leg of AFF semifinals is expected to push Vietnam's momentum for the second leg on home ground four days away.

  • The game ends with Vietnam leading 2-1.

  • 90'+3

    After Doan Van Hau's long shot saved by Philippines goalkeeper, the referee blows the final whistle.

    The second half has three extra minutes.

  • 90'

    Nguyen Cong Phuong dribbles past all the defenders and even the goalkeeper of Philippines, but he misses the shot.

  • 88'

    Ha Duc Chinh once again faces Philippines goalkeeper, but fails to score.

  • 87'

    Nguyen Quang Hai is subbed out for Nguyen Huy Hung, last replacement for Vietnam.

  • 82'

    Stephan Schröck takes a dangerous shot against Vietnamese goal, but the ball goes over the bar.

  • 80'

    Nguyen Cong Phuong replaces Phan Van Duc, who scores the second goal for Vietnam.

  • 76'

    Ha Duc Chinh has a close shot, but it is saved by Philippines goalkeeper.

  • 67'

    Dang Van Lam saves a shot from Phil Younghusband. Philippines sustain strong attacks, seeking for another equilizer.

  • 65'

    Ha Duc Chinh replaces Nguyen Anh Duc, who scores the first goal for Vietnam.

A Philipines fan at the stadium.

A Philipines fan at the stadium.

A Vietnamese fan puts on a national flag.

A Vietnamese fan puts on a national flag.

In the history of AFF Cup, Vietnam and Philippines clashed four times, with two wins for each team.

Coach Sven-Goran Eriksson said Vietnam is a formidable opponent but beatable. Vietnamese coach and players said the game would be challenging but they believe in a good result.

Vietnam are the only team not conceding any goal in the group stage of this year ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Championship. Philippines meanwhile have been the dark horse of the game. They finished second in group B, above stronger teams like Indonesia and Singapore, to qualify for the semis.

After the first leg in the Philippines's Bacolod on December 2, the second leg of the semifinal will be played at the My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi on December 6.

Photos by Duc Dong, Lam Thoa

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