AFC ASIAN CUP

My Dinh National Stadium

Referee: Talaat Najm

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Vietnam

  • Huynh Thanh 63'
  • Le Cong Vinh 73'

2 - 0

FT

Vietnam 2-0 UAE: Co-hosts shock win

HANOI, July 8 (Reuters) - Co-hosts Vietnam stunned United

Arab Emirates 2-0 with a pair of lightning second-half strikes

in their Asian Cup Group B opener on Sunday.

Goals from Huynh Quang Thanh and Le Cong Vinh sparked wild

celebrations for Vietnam, who are making their first appearance

in the final since 1960.

Striker Faisal Khalil should have put UAE ahead in the 25th

minute but he was denied by a fingertip save from goalkeeper

Duong Hong Son.

However, the home side took a surprise lead in the 63rd

minute when defender Thanh volleyed home after an embarrassing

mix-up in the UAE defence.

Vinh doubled Vietnam's advantage 10 minutes later, springing

the offside trap to finish with a delightful lob from the edge

of the area to finish off the Gulf Cup holders.

Japan begin their quest for a third consecutive Asian Cup

title against Qatar in Hanoi on Monday in the second Group B

match.

This year's tournament kicked off on Saturday and is being

staged jointly by Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. The

final takes place in Jakarta on July 29.

Scoring Summary

  • Vietnam
  • United Arab Emirates
 

Teams

  • Vietnam
  • United Arab Emirates
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