Thursday, December 2, 2010
Vietnam won the 2008 ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup after a one-all draw with Thailand at Hanoi’s My Dinh Stadium last night and beating Thailand 3-2 on aggregate.
It was Vietnam’s first win over Thailand in an official competition since 1998 when Vietnam defeated Thailand 3-0 in the semifinals of same tournament, then called the Tiger Cup, though Vietnam lost 1-0 to Singapore in the finals.
It has been 49 years since Vietnam won a regional championship since Premier League team of South Vietnam won the Southeast Asian Peninsular (SEAP) championship in 1959.
Last night the visiting team scored the opener in the first half and hung on to the lead all through the second half before Vietnam’s top striker Le Cong Vinh evened the score, securing victory for the home team and sending fans into a frenzy.
Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem were on the stand to witness the historic win.
At the troply-ceremony, Prime Minister Dung handed the trophy to an elated Vietnamese football team.
AFF Suzuki Cup Trophy
AFF Suzuki Cup best Team
AFF Suzuki Cup 2010 Ceremony
AFF Suzuki Cup Champion Team
AFF Suzuki Cup
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