Vietnam quells any hopes of an Azkals miracle on home soil.
The Golden Dragons of Vietnam replicated a 2-1 triumph over the Azkals of the Philippines during the second leg of their semifinal fixture inside of a brim-packed Mỹ Đình National Stadium in Hanoi on Thursday evening.
Knowing that the Filipinos would come out firing in the match due to their suffered setback in the opening leg, the Vietnamese side performed solid on the defensive end and limited the visitors to just a single shot attempt in the first half of play. The two teams would eventually go into the break at a scoreless draw.
However, the Golden Dragons ensured there would be no Azkal revelation as the hosts took it to the visitors in the second half, flipping their strategy into attack mode and scoring two goals within a span of 10 minutes.
Vietnam’s Nguyen Quang Hai opened up the scoring with a ball that saw the back of the net in the 83rd minute to put his team up 1-0. Nguyễn Công Phượng followed that up with a score in the 87th minute which proved to be the deciding goal in the match and showed the door to the Filipino footballers.
James Younghusband provided a consolation goal for the Azkals in the 89th minute to wrap up the physical encounter.
Vietnam will join Malaysia in the two-legged Final which is set to take place on the 11th and 15th of December to determine the tournament champion and new king of Southeast Asian football.
The two nations previously met during the group stage of the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup with Vietnam getting the better of the Malaysians by a score of 2-0.