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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.

Vietnam claimed first victory at Asian Cup Thursday (Hanoi time), beating Yemen 2-0 in the final match of group D.

Nguyen Quang Hai took a skillful free kick and scored for Vietnam in the 39th minute. Que Ngoc Hai doubled the score in the 64th minute from a penalty as a foul was committed in the box.

Yemen had several dangerous shots but failed to hit the goal.

Both Vietnam and Yemen entered the game having lost two games. But Yemen's Asian Cup run just ended with the third loss.

A gap of three goals would secure Vietnam a spot in the next round, but the "Golden Dragons" failed to break Yemen's defense in many attacks.

Round of 16 will open for four best third-placed teams from the six groups. With the current achievement, Vietnam are now among the candidates, but the final list is still pending for results from other group state matches.

Vietnam Match stats Yemen
9 Shots 10
4 Shots on goal 1
61 Possession (%) 39
6 Corners 8
14 Fouls 15
1 Yellow cards 3
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