AFF 2022 Final – Vietnam 2-2 Thailand – First leg of the final ended in dramatic draw with 4 goals, as Thailand hold the crucial advantage ahead of the returning leg.
Highlights AFF 2022 Final 1st leg – Vietnam 2-2 Thailand
My Dinh National Stadium witnessed the heat during a cold day as the lunar year is ending as 4 goals scored.
Both teams started slowly at first but the tempo was pushing up fast after 10 minutes.
Vietnam had the first dangerous shot with Pham Tuan Hai’s attempt, while Thailand answered with Adisak Kraison’s finish in the 14th minute saved by Dang Van Lam in the post.
Nguyen Tien Linh put the home team ahead with his 24th-minute strike. Centre-back Que Ngoc Hai in an attack down the right flank crossed a great ball for the striker to head home the opener.
This goal helps Tien Linh level with Teerasil Dangda in the race for AFF 2022 top scorer award.
However, Thailand showed their class with two goals scored to complete the comeback. One minute into the second half, Theerathon Bunmathan made a long pass for Poramet Aejwirai, who got past Ngoc Hai before finishing powerfully to equalize for Thailand.
Earlier, it’s Theerathon who pulled a free kick that hit the post in late first half.
Theerathon contributed again to Thailand’s second goal 17 minutes later with a through ball for Sarach Yooyen, who finished cleanly to put Thai leading by 2-1.
Vietnam’s offside trap didn’t work well in this goal. The conceded goal put high pressure on Vietnam players, but when it’s thought to end with Thai’s away victory, Vu Van Thanh equalized for Vietnam in high fashion.
The full-back produced a thunderous striker in around 4 minutes after being subbed in.
The first leg of the final ended 2-2 and Thailand got two away goals as the advantage before the second leg three days later in Bangkok. Vietnam will need to win or get a draw of at least 3-3 in the next game to win the title.
Two away goals ensure Thailand hold a slender advantage in their bid to become back-to-back champions when the pair clash again in the second leg in Bangkok on Monday.
The away-goal rule may help, but Thailand will not take risk by holding for a draw on their soil, while Vietnam must scored more than two goals and/or, keep a clean sheet to dethrone their opponents.