SEA Games 30: Vietnam end 60-year wait for men’s gold

Manila: Vietnam clinched their first SEA Games men’s football gold medal since unification after beating Indonesia 3-0 in the 2019 final

10/12/2019 22:40:47

Vietnam took a first half lead through Doan Van Hau before second half efforts by Do Hung Dung and Van Hau again sealed a historic win for the Golden Dragons, with the gold being their first since South Vietnam won in 1959.

The final was a repeat of the Group B match earlier in the tournament, which Vietnam won 2-1.

Vietnam, runners-up seven times since the 1959 triumph, started the stronger of the two and translated their dominance into the lead in the 40th minute with Van Hau rising high to head home a free-kick.

Two-time gold medalists Indonesia battled hard for the equaliser but were dealt another blow in the 59th minute, as Vietnam captain Hung Dung beat custodian Nadeo Winata.

Trailing by two goals, the writing was on the wall for Indonesia, and the gold was sealed in the 73rd minute with Van Hau slotting a rebound past Winata as the celebrations began on the streets of Vietnam.