Vietnam’s AFF Suzuki Cup triumph makes international headlines

  • by VNBUSINESS
  • December 17, 2018

The Vietnamese football team won applauds from international media after beating Malaysia 1-0 in the second-leg final match of the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup in Hanoi on December 15.

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The Vietnamese football team lift the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup after beating Malaysia 1-0 in the second-leg final match in Hanoi on December 15

“An early goal by Nguyen Anh Duc proved decisive as Vietnam beat Malaysia 1-0 at My Dinh National Stadium on Saturday to lift the AFF Suzuki Cup for the second time,” the French news agency AFP reported.

“Vietnam had the benefit of two away goals from the first leg and they made an excellent start in Hanoi, taking the lead when Nguyen Quang Hai's chip from the left found Anh Duc, whose left-footed volley was too powerful for goalkeeper Farizal Marlias to keep out of his net.”

The US’s Associated Press (AP) also highlighted Vietnam’s early goal by striker Nguyen Anh Duc in the sixth minute after a cross from playmaker Nguyen Quang Hai, adding that “the win showed the progress made by Vietnam since Park Hang-seo became head coach.”

The UK-based Reuters ran an article “Vietnam win ASEAN title thanks to Anh Duc volley,” saying “Vietnam last won the regional title in 2008 and Anh Duc's fine first-half strike ensured Park Hang-seo's side overcame a robust Malaysia team to send the majority of the sold-out crowd at the My Dinh Stadium into raptures.”

The Fox Sports Asia ran various headlines about Vietnam’s victory. “With just six minutes on the clock, Vietnam broke free down the left and Nguyen Quang Hai found enough space to chip a neat ball to the back post, which Anh Duc met with a sweetly-struck volley that Farizal Marlias got a hand to but could not keep out,” according to an article named “Vietnam see off Malaysia to win AFF Suzuki Cup 2018” published by Gabriel Tan on the Fox Sports Asia.

“As the game entered its closing stages, Vietnam showed just why they have been the best team in the tournament, keeping things tight at the back and showing excellent professionalism to see out the contest and be crowned champions of Southeast Asia,” Tan wrote.

The Malaysia-based New Straits Times reported Malaysian coach Tan Cheng Hoe admitted that the early goal by Vietnam "destroyed" all his plans for the game and it affected his players’ confidence.

“In the previous match (on December 11), we did a comeback, but this time, the players could not score and some scoring opportunities went begging," the news outlet quoted Tan as saying.

Tan Cheng Hoe's men gave it their all in Hanoi but were ultimately thwarted by resolute Vietnamese defending and goalkeeper Dang Van Lam, The Star from Malaysia reported.

A number of online news outlets from the Republic of Korea, the home country of coach Park Hang-seo, for example, Chosun.com, Nocutnews.co.kr, Sports Khan and Sports Seoul, also highlighted the Vietnamese team’s win over Malaysia in their stories.

Nguyen Anh Duc’s unstoppable left-footed volley completed the “Park Hang-seo’s magic.” The Vietnamese football team led by coach Park lifted the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup again after waiting for ten years, Sports Khan said. 

Malaysian media comment on Vietnam’s football victory

Vietnam’s victory at the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup 2018 on December 15 night after beating Malaysia on an aggregate of 3 - 2 drew many comments from the Malaysian media right after the hosts were crowned.

The leading newspaper New Straits Times said the dream by the Malaysian team of raising the trophy at My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi vanished as Vietnam became the champions for the second time. It added that once again, the Malaysian team had bigger possession but failed to capitalize on the advantage.

New Straits Times held that the Malaysian players did all what they could but Vietnam’s goalie Dang Van Lam and his defenders were always vigilant and spoiled their chances. Vietnam played a proactive defensive game from the middle of the second half to keep the 1-0 lead.

Malaysian players can hold their heads high after the defeat as many had held that coach Tan Cheng Hoe’s boys could not go far at this tournament, the newspaper added.

Another Malaysian newspaper, the Malaymail, held that the goal by Vietnam’s forward Nguyen Anh Duc (No. 11) at the sixth minute spoiled the guests’ dream.

Malaysian players had a number of chances but they failed to beat Vietnam’s goalkeeper Lam and his defenders, and the result cannot satisfy them as the 2010 champions were eager to repeat their feast this time, it added.

Vietnam held the Cup trophy again after 10 years by beating Malaysia 1-0 in the second-leg final of the tournament that took place at My Dinh National Stadium, Hanoi, on December 15 night. The national team took the first champion title of the AFF Suzuki Cup in 2008, also at My Dinh Stadium.

Korean coach to use rewarded money for charity activities

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Chairman of the Truong Hai –Thaco Group Tran Ba Duong presents 100,000 USD to Park Hang-seo (L) 

Coach Park Hang-seo of the Vietnam national football team on December 16 announced he will donate the 100,000 USD he was rewarded for charity activities in the host country.

Speaking at a ceremony in Quang Nam province to receive the money from a donor following the victory of the team a day earlier, the Republic of Korea’s coach thanked Chairman of the Hoang Anh Gia Lai group Doan Nguyen Duc for inviting him to work in the position, which he said had created a chance for him to live and associate himself with the country, people and football of Vietnam. 

He also thanked donor Tran Ba Duong, Chairman of the Truong Hai –Thaco group, for the generous rewards to him so far, including the 100,000 USD given after Vietnam championed the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup 2018. The coach said he will use the money to help develop the country’s most popular sport and ease the difficulties of the poor in Vietnam.

Vietnam held the Cup trophy again after 10 years by beating Malaysia 1-0 in the second-leg final of the tournament that took place at My Dinh National Stadium, Hanoi, on December 15 night. The national team took the first champion title of the AFF Suzuki Cup in 2008, also at My Dinh Stadium.

Source: Vietnamnet

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