Vietnam edge Chinese Taipei in thriller

Vietnam defeated Chinese Taipei 2-1 in their 2018 FIFA World Cup/2019 AFC Asian Cup joint-qualifier on Wednesday.

A cagey opening 45 minutes lead to few chances at the Taipei Municipal Stadium, as both sides disappeared down the tunnel with the scores still locked after a goalless first half. 

However, the Golden Stars came out firing in the second stanza. A well placed corner was headed by Captain Le Cong Vinh at the near post but well saved by Chinese Taipei stopper Yu-hung Chiu. But the ball deflected into the danger zone and Dinh Tien Thanh crashed it into the back of the net from close range.

Chinese Taipei would wait until the 84th minute for the equaliser, with forward Chun-Ching Wu netting for the home side.

As the clock went past 90 minutes, Chinese Taipei thought they had eked out a draw but the visitors had other ideas, as midfielder Tran Phi Son scored a late winner in the dying embers of the match.

The result means Chinese Taipei is out of the running for qualification as they are are fourth in Group F, with three losses from three games.

Vietnam, however, face Iran on October 8th in what will be a crucial fixture for the south-east Asia giants.