Vietnam defeated Taiwan 2-1 in a 2018 World Cup qualifying match on Tuesday that lasted for up to 100 minutes.
More than 8,000 Vietnam’s fans have flooded the Taipei Municipal Stadium to support the home team, which was expected to have an easy win over a weaker opponent.
However, Taiwan has made a surprise with sharp attacks, unlike when both teams met at the 1996 Asian Cup qualifier when Vietnam won 4-1.
Thousands of Vietnamese fans on the stadium to support their team.
In the second half, Vietnam’s goalkeeper shined to save several shots by Taiwan strikers.
Vietnam took the lead in the 54th minute with a volley by Tien Thanh, who got the ball from Cong Vinh’s header.
Led by a goal, Taiwan pressured on Vietnam’s goalkeeper Nguyen Manh, who shined to save several dangerous shots.
In the 83rd minute, Wu Chun-ching leveled the score with a header.
In extra time, Phi Son got a pass from Cong Vinh and but almost missed with his shot past Taiwan’s goalkeeper Chin Yu-hung and another confusing Taiwan striker.
South Korean referee Kim Dae Young had to halt the match soon later after a Vietnamese fan crossed the fence to enter the running pitch around the field.
A total of 10 minutes were given in the extra time but no more goal was scored, despite several attacks by the host team.
Winning Taiwan, Vietnam ranked 3rd in Group F, which is being led by Thailand with 6 points and Iraq with 3 points.
Earlier before the match, Vietnam’s coach Toshiya Miura said that Vietnam’s thirst for a win would be a strong motivations for his players.
“We did not have a good start when losing [0-1] to Thailand in Bangkok. Thus, Vietnam needs stronger attacks for a win to maintain its chance.”
“Every player will play with their best to secure 3 points,” he said.
Meanwhile, Taiwan’s coach Chen Kuej-jeu, who used to assist Vietnam’s former Brazilian coach Edson Silva Dido in 2001, said he only hoped to earn 1 point against Vietnam.
In the coming matches, Vietnam will play against Iraq on October 8 and Thailand on October 13 in the first leg before playing the 2nd leg in 2016.