Vietnam had a good performance at My Dinh Stadium in a World Cup qualifying match against Iraq on October 8, 2015
Vietnam missed a precious win over Iraq after an impressive performance at Hanoi’s My Dinh Stadium Thursday in a 2018 World Cup qualifying match of Asia region.
The home team almost notched a win that Coach Toshiya Miura earlier said to be a stronger impression than a win over Thailand, also in Group F.
Striker Cong Vinh scored the first goal for Vietnam in the 25th minute after receiving a pass from Trong Hoang.
In the 32nd minute, Mac Hong Quan missed a shot at a clear position after getting a pass from Cong Vinh.
In the second half, Iraq rushed to attack but all shooting attempts were blocked by Vietnam’s goalkeeper Nguyen Manh, who shined to save many dangerous shots.
In the extra time, Australian referee Beath Christopher awarded Iraq a penalty after defender Thanh Hien unintentionally touched the ball with his hand in the box.
Younis Mahmoud leveled the score in the match’s last extra minute.
With a draw, Iraq maintained its second position in Group F with 5 points, closely followed by Vietnam with 4 points.
On October 13, Vietnam will host Thailand who is leading the group with 7 points. Taiwan is still at the bottom with no point, while the rest team in the group, Indonesia, has been eliminated for being suspended by FIFA.