2018 AFF Suzuki Cup: Vietnam downs Malaysia to reign supreme

ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 16, 2018 09:42 AM
2018 AFF Suzuki Cup: Vietnam downs Malaysia to reign supreme
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Ten years after their first AFF tournament championship, Vietnam is once again at the top after defeating Malaysia, 3-2 on aggregate to become the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup Champions.

After a thrilling first leg that ended in a 2-2 draw, Vietnam took care of business at home, with Nguyen Anh Duc scoring an early 6th-minute conversion that proved to be the difference.

Vietnam was dominant all throughout the 2018 tournament, finishing at the top of Group A with ten points on three wins and a draw.

In the semifinals, Vietnam continued their show of strength as they defeated a much-improved Philippine Azkals team, 4-2 on aggregate to advance to the finals.

Vietnam midfielder Nguyen Quang Hai was named tournament Most Valuable Player, while Nguyen Anh Duc led the team with four goals in the tournament.

This was just the second AFF Championship for Vietnam.

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