AFF Cup win sends Vietnamese fans into the street

By Pham Huu _ Ngoc Le - Trac Rin, Thanh Nien News

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This couple and their son were among the thousands of fans who rushed into the street in Ho Chi Minh City to celebrate Vietnam's 2-1 win over Malaysia in the first semifinal match of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2014 on Sunday. Photo: Pham Huu
People flooded streets in the city's downtown clad in red and yellow T-shirts and waving the national flag to cheer the victory by singing and shouting Vietnam Chien Thang (Victory for Vietnam). Some held up a portrait of Coach Toshiya Miura and said "We love Miura." Photo: Pham Huu
The celebration began right after the end of the match (8:45 p.m.) and lasted for hours drawing fans of all ages. Photo: Pham Huu
Many people are very excited by the national team's victory. Van Quyet, a fan from District 7, said he was very happy with the team's performance: "I was worried while closely following the match, especially in the final minutes. But we won!" Photo: Pham Huu
A fan carries the picture of Vietnam's Coach Toshiya Minura. Photo: Pham Huu
Red - the main color of the national flag - was all over the street. Photo: Pham Huu
Many people walked on the street to cheer for the victory. Photo: Pham Huu
A little girl with two flags in her hands, one for Vietnam and another for Japan - the nationality of Coach Toshiya Miura. Photo: Pham Huu
A fan cheering the victory with two pot lids. At around 10:14 p.m., the mob spilled into the streets around Ben Thanh Market, causing major gridlock. Photo: Pham Huu
The intersection between Tran Hung Dao and Nguyen Bieu streets also suffered traffic congestion. Photo: Trac Rin
Police fine those who decided to celebrate the victory by driving dangerously. Photo: Trac Rin

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