Vietnam down Malaysia to claim second AFF Suzuki Cup title in Hanoi

Vietnam have been crowned champions of AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 after beating Malaysia 1-0 on Saturday to win the final 3-2 on aggregate.

Nguyen Anh Duc grabbed the only goal of the game at the My Dinh National Stadium after six minutes, which proved enough to hand the Golden Dragons only their second AFF crown after both sides had played out a 2-2 draw in Tuesday’s first leg in Kuala Lumpur.

On the other hand, Malaysia will have to wait at least another two years to add to their sole Suzuki Cup won in 2010, although they certainly emerged from the tournament with plenty of credit for a series of fine displays.

And they can also feel slightly hard done by from Saturday’s game as there was controversy in the way Vietnam scored the only goal of the game.

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.

However, replays showed that Quang Hai might have been in an offside position before he delivered the telling pass, although the margin was truly too close to call.

Falling behind did not exactly change Malaysia’s mindset as they knew they had to score regardless, having conceded two away goals in the first leg.