Vietnam are only one match away from matching the record of 15 unbeaten games by France, as the Southeast Asian country’s football team now hold the longest active unbeaten streak of 14 while the European side’s impressive run already came to a stop last month.
The Golden Stars finished the group stage of the 2018 AFF Championship with three wins and one draw, before knocking out the Philippines 4-2 on aggregate to cruise into the tournament’s finals earlier this week.
By winning the second-leg of the semifinal clash against the Azkals in a solid performance in Hanoi on Thursday, Vietnam extend their unbeaten run to 14 games, the longest active unbeaten streak in world football so far, according to Fox Sports Asia.
FIFA World Cup champions France went 15 matches unbeaten before losing 0-2 to the Netherlands in the penultimate round of League A, in the UEFA Nations League in mid-November.
No opponents were able to conquer Vietnam since the Golden Stars were defeated 1-2 by Indonesia during the 2016 AFF Championship on December 3 that year.
Vietnam now sit on seven draws and seven victories as they head into the fist-leg final against Malaysia at the Kuala Lumpur-based Bukit Jalil National Stadium on December 11.
The AFF Championship was recognized by FIFA as a Category A-ranked tournament since its 2016 edition, which means FIFA world ranking points will be offered for the participating teams, according to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
If Vietnam draw or win Malaysia in the December 11 game, they will officially match the 15-game unbeaten streak of France.
Vietnam defeated Malaysia 2-0 in their second Group A game at the AFF Championsip in Hanoi on November 16.
This means Vietnam are on track to secure a two-year unbeaten streak if they avoid a defeat in those upcoming games.
Vietnam’s being entitled to the longest active unbeaten run was first discovered and made known to the wider public by @2010MisterChip, a popular Twitter figure, according to Fox Sports Asia.
“After yesterday’s defeat of France in the Netherlands, you cannot even imagine which soccer team has the most consecutive matches without losing anywhere in the world right now. It’s Vietnam!” the user’s tweet, posted soon after France’s defeat against the Netherlands, reads.
This unbeaten run, most of which come from the 2018 AFF Championship, also contributed to putting Vietnam back in the world’s top 100 strongest teams in the latest FIFA World Rankings after a seven-year hiatus.