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Vietnam write history, win AFF championship

By Staff reporters       DEC. 15, 2018

Entire nation is going to have a sleepless night as Vietnam won the AFF cup after an excellent return game against Malaysia.

  • Game stats

    VIETNAM 1-0 MALAYSIA

     VIE - Volley by Nguyen Anh Duc, 6'

    VietnamTeam StatsMalaysia
    10Shots13
    3Shots on target5
    42%Possession58%
    1Corners8
    12Fouls19
    6Yellow cards4
    0Red cards1
  • 90'+5
    Game set!

    Vietnam won the AFF Cup 2018, their first AFF Cup title since 2008.

    Lamkhoc-1-7644-1544884586.jpg

    Dang Van Lam cries as the referee whistles the end of the game. Photo by VnExpress/Lam Thoa

  • 90'+4

    A Malaysia player receives a second yellow card and is sent off.

  • 90'+2

    Do Hung Dung is subbed out for Luong Xuan Truong.

  • 90'

    The second half has four additional minutes.

  • 79'

    Malaysia team captain Mohd Zaquan receives a yellow card for fouling Dang Van Lam, the fifth for Malaysia.

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    Dang Van Lam is fouled. Photo by VnExpress/Lam Thoa

  • 78'

    Malaysia's Muhammad Syafiq receives a yellow card for tackling on Nguyen Quang Hai.

  • 76'

    Nguyen Quang Hai is fouled again.

  • 72'

    Do Hung Dung takes a shot from long distance and it goes over the bar.


  • 70'

    Phan Van Duc is subbed out for Nguyen Phong Hong Duy.

Vietnamese players warm up before the game. Photo by VnExpress/Lam Thoa

Vietnamese players warm up before the game. Photo by VnExpress/Lam Thoa

A Vietnamese fan carries a replica of the AFF Cup at My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy

A Vietnamese fan carries a replica of the AFF Cup at My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy

This is the real one.

This is the real one.

Video below shows Malaysian fans burning flares as they gathered outside My Dinh Stadium.

Vietnam and Malaysia have taken different paths to the final. Vietnam was unbeaten in the group stage with three wins, one draw and no goals conceded. Then they went on to win both legs of semi-finals against the Philippines with the same score, 2-1.

Malaysia had a slow start, losing to Vietnam in the group stage. In the semifinals, they drew with Thailand 2-2 on aggregate and proceeded to the final.

After the first leg of the final, Vietnam holds the advantage of scoring two away goals in the first leg that ended in a 2-2 draw. A goalless draw or a 1-1 draw will deliver the title to Vietnam.

Vietnam won the championship in 2008 and Malaysia in 2010.

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