SC Heerenveen's defender Doan Van Hau scored a brace in Vietnam's 3-0 thrashing of Indonesia to win a historic gold medal in men's football at the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in the Philippines on Tuesday.
This is Vietnamese football's first-ever gold medal in the category in 60 years.
Vietnam's South Korean head coach Park Hang Seo saw red following his angry reponses to the referee of the game at Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila.
Park's men lost no game at this football tournament, having beaten Brunei 6-0 on November 25, Laos 6-1 on November 28, Indonesia 2-1 on December 1, Singapore 1-0 on December 3, and drawn 2-2 against Thailand on December 5, all in the group stage, before routing Cambodia 4-0 in the semifinals on December 7.
Vietnam dominated the rematch against Indonesia, neutralizing most of their opponents' attacks prior to punishing them with sharp finishes.
Zulfiandi's free kick was denied by Vietnamese goalkeeper Nguyen Van Toan in the sixth minute.
Vietnam's Nguyen Trong Hoang crossed the ball from the right on 16 minutes for Ha Duc Chinh's slick shot, but it went narrowly wide.
However, the junior Golden Dragons eventually opened the scoring given their smooth play and well-organized formation.
Doan Van Hau, who plays for SC Heerenveen in the Netherlands' top-flight league and seemed to be ubiquitous in the final showdown, headed home a Do Hung Dung set piece from the left in the 39th minute.
|Vietnam's Doan Van Hau (number 5) scores the opening goal in the finale against Indonesia of men's football at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines, December 10, 2019. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
Vietnam led 1-0 at half-time.
Indra Sjafri’s men staged many attacks right after the break while the Vietnamese kept calm, waiting for dangerous counterattacks.
And they managed to net the second goal in the 59th minute.
Nguyen Duc Chien’s cross from the right flank found striker Nguyen Tien Linh, who touched the ball with his thigh before skipper Do Hung Dung stormed in to clinically fire past Indonesian goalkeeper Nadeo Winata from just outside the box.
|Vietnam's Do Hung Dung celebrates scoring the second goal in the finale against Indonesia of men's football at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines, December 10, 2019. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
Vietnam hammered the final nail in the coffin of Indonesia 73 minutes into the game, when Nguyen Hoang Duc’s free kick was blocked out by Winata but Doan Van Hau swiftly kicked the ball in.
|Vietnam's Doan Van Hau celebrates scoring the third goal in the finale against Indonesia of men's football at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines, December 10, 2019. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
Park was given a red card four minutes later because of his ire along the pitch.
Vietnam were men's football silver-medalists in 1995, 1999, 2003, 2005, and 2009.
In 2009, they were defeated 0-1 by Malaysia over an own goal by a defender in the 85th minute.
Eleven participating Southeast Asian countries sent under-22 players to compete in the men’s football event of the 2019 SEA Games, with two overage footballers allowed on each 20-member team.
Hosts the Philippines, Malaysia, Myanmar, Cambodia and Timor-Leste made up Group A while Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, Singapore and Brunei were placed in Group B.