Vietnam wins second Suzuki AFF title in 10 years
One goal was enough for Vietnam as the defeated fellow East Asian Country 1-0 in the final and went on to lift the trophy for the second time. In the sixth minute Nguyn Quang Hai who didn't score a single goal throughout the tournament, got an outright lead of one from nowhere for Vietnam but Malaysia didn't went home quiet as they had 5 close chances for goal which were in 10:09 (backheel shot but missed left side of goalpost), 43:54 minutes (long shot), 50.14 (free kick goes directly to Dang Wang Lam (keeper) and he fumbles it two times until the ball falls on the ground from 25 inches to the goalline but was cleared by defender and the last chance for Malasyia came in the dying minutes (87th minute) of the game and it was a right hand side corner which was wasted as the ball fell ahead from the traffic of players as Vietnamese player cleared and this was enough but at extra time (95th minute) one moment had came for Malaysia as it was not a goal but a second yellow for Shahrul Saad and was sent off.
Vietnam took the honours of lifting the trophy for the second time and becoming third most successful nation only behind Singapore (3 titles) and Thailand (5 titles) and during the award ceremony the Most valuable Player was won by 21 year old Nguy?n Quang H?i of Vietnam and the Top scorer award was undoubtedly won by Adisak Kraisorn of Thailand for scoring eight goals from six games and the last award went to runners-up Malaysia which was the fair play award. The referee was quite busy during the final as he got out 10 yellow cards and 1 red card. High no. of goals were seen as 80 goals were scored from twenty six matches (goal rate 3.08) in this tournament which has a better goal rate than this years Fifa World Cup which had a goal rate 2.64 from 64 matches.
This brought us to the end of an amazing 2018 Suzuki ASEAN Football Federation tournament which featured more than 5,85,647 audience, 10 teams, 110 players, one winner and a billion memories to remember.
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