13:33 | 09/10/2015 Society
Viet Nam, which were considered the underdogs against their Middle East rivals, were in the lead most of the time until the dying moments of the match, when they let a goal in to end the match 1-1 at the national My Dinh Stadium.
Le Cong Vinh (right) scores a goal for Viet Nam during a 1-1 draw against Iraq yesterday in Ha Noi — VNS Photo Tuan Tu
Le Cong Vinh scored the opening goal in the 25th minute while Younus Madmud had Iraq's leveller in the additional time.
Viet Nam as hosts showed no fear against Iraq who were taller, bigger, but not better as they had been described in the newspapers in the recent days.
Vietnamese defenders shut down the field all the way up to goalie Tran Nguyen Manh's area. They worked so well that the Iraqi players, including their captain Younus Mahmood Khalaf could not bring their skills into play.
However, even as the entire stadium stood up in anticipation of a win, Iraqis found the leveller. Defender Nguyen Thanh Hien made a mistake when his hand touched the ball in the box and a penalty was awarded to the visitors.
After the third round matches, Viet Nam are in third position with four points. Thailand are on top with seven points, followed by Iraq on five.
Viet Nam will next play arch-rival Thailand on October 13, also at My Dinh./.