KING'S CUP: Viet Nam vs Thailand live blog

June 05, 2019 - 17:23

We're signing off after a drama-filled night, time for a celebratory beverage or two! Make sure and check out our website later for a full match report.

Thanks for following along tonight, hopefully we'll be able to do it again on Saturday and bring you coverage of the final. Big thanks to Ha Be, Paul Kennedy, Hoang Quick and everyone else at Viet Nam News who helped with the live blog.

Full time Thailand 0-1 Viet Nam

Well they left it late, but Viet Nam have won it at the death, knocking Thailand out of their own tournament. The Thai goalkeeper Kawin Thamsatchanan will be having nightmares about that mistake for a while, but Park Hang-seo and his boys won't care, they're through to the final on Saturday against Curacao.

95 min

Shades of Jordan Pickford as the Thai keeper makes an absolute mess of Anh Duc's headed effort and allows it to cross the line.

Photo VTC

GOAL! Thailand 0-1 Viet Nam (Anh Duc 94)

That must win it!

94 min

Corner here after Hung Dung almost went clean through! Time for late drama?

92 min

We're halfway through added time here, and penalties loom. Do either side have any players of German descent in the squad?

89 min

Xuan Truong comes on for Tuan Anh to make a cameo at his home ground.

85 min

Sixteen-year-old Suphanat comes on for Suphachai for his Thailand debut.

83 min

The tension is palpable here in Viet Nam News HQ. That's water in those bottles and not rice wine, we promise!

Photo Paul Kennedy

81 min

Viet Nam work it to Quang Hai on the edge of the box but the star man drags his shot wide! He's been largely anonymous tonight.

80 min

Just 10 minutes to go here and we're still goalless. If it ends this way it's straight to penalties, no extra time. As they say in Scotland, squeaky bum time!

75 min

The former Incheon United man is causing all kinds of problems, and is hacked down by Pansa. Yellow for the Thai defender.

73 min

Cong Phuong whistles a shot over the bar that strikes the stanchion! It was a pretty turn and strike, but not half as pretty as his hair.

72 min

Second change for Viet Nam as Tien Dung is replaced by Hong Duy.

70 min

Thailand score from the resulting free kick but it's been disallowed, possibly for a handball. Viet Nam have been let off there and need to wake up.

69 min

Viet Nam's Tien Dung seems to have forgotten what sport he's playing and is booked for a handball.

67 min

It's all gotten a bit rowdy here as Sumanya also goes into the book for a late challenge.

65 min

Sub for Viet Nam as naughty boy Van Toan comes off for Cong Phuong.

64 min

Bit of a coming togther here as both sets of players do some pushing and shoving. Handbags really, but the referee books Van Toan and Theerathon.

Photo VTC

60 min

Thailand have certainly started this half on top, but have yet to really trouble Van Lam in the VIetnamese net.

55 min

Thai free-kick after a Vietnamese player literally kicks his opponent in the buttocks. Accidentally, I'm sure.

51 min

Some quick half time analysis for you, hope Paul got my good side!


50 min

Cagey start to the second half so far.

46 min

Thailand have made one change to start the second half, with Sumanya Purisai coming on for Sarach Yooyen. Away we go!

Half time

The corner is wasted and referee blows for the break and the sides go in goalless. Viet Nam have had more of the ball and played most of the game in the Thai half, but the home side created the clear-cut chances and are perhaps unlucky not to have scored. It's all to play for in the second period!

45 min

Viet Nam have a corner here at the end of the half, it would be a great time to score...

43 min

Things have slowed down a bit, seems like both teams have their eyes on some half-time oranges. Or perhaps durians?

39 min

Great run from Van Toan, he's twisted his man inside out! But there's no power in his shot and it's cleared.

37 min

Beautiful touch from Quang Hai to take a high ball down, but his through ball is cut out.

33 min

Mistake from Trong Hoang lets Thitiphan in, but his shot flashes just wide of Viet Nam's post.

31 min

Not much to report, other than the Thai kits are still a crime against football fashion.

27 min

A few meaty challenges being put in here. Proper football.

23 min

Viet Nam free-kick from Quang Hai forces a save, but Kawin gathers easily. It was a long way out, but a player of his stature has earned the right to have a pop.

20 min

Still 0-0 and while Viet Nam have had most of the ball and played the game in Thailand's half, the home side have come closest to scoring.

17 min

Off the post! Thailand hit the woodwork after a great turn and shot from striker Supachai Jaided! Against the run of play.

15 min

Two corners in quick succession for Viet Nam, neither of which come to much.

13 min

Viet Nam free-kick from Hung Dung is punched clear by the Thai goalkeeper.

10 min

Break in play as the stretcher comes on for Viet Nam's Van Hau, who gets carried off and promptly stands up unharmed.

6 min

After clearing a Thai corner, Viet Nam nearly get in down the right through Van Toan.

4 min

The diminutive playmaker takes it himself, but it's cleared easily.

3 min

Viet Nam have started the brighter and have a free-kick in a dangerous position thanks to Nguyen Quang Hai.

1 min

Referee Jumpei Iida blows his whistle and we're off!

7.47 PM

The team's are out for the anthems in front of what looks like a packed stadium. We're not worried if the floodlights fail, as the Thai team's kit looks like it glows in the dark!

Photos VTC

7.40 PM

When asked pre-match about his tactics through a translator, Viet Nam coach Park Hang-seo said it would be business as usual for his side and they have no special plans in store for this match. Full of confidence clearly!


Photo VTC

7.35 PM

While this fixture is a rivalry, it’s been very one-sided down the years.

The two sides first met in 1995 and have played 18 matches, with Viet Nam only winning two of them and drawing three.

Thailand won the other 13 meetings, including a 3-0 victory the last time the two sides faced in October 2015, but a lot has changed since that game at My Dinh Stadium in Ha Noi; only five Vietnamese players involved that day remain in the squad.

Viet Nam are also undefeated in matches I've live blogged, as if you needed any more confidence!

7.30 PM

Some snaps of Vietnamese fans outside the Chang Arena, and our lads seem to have travelled in numbers. Former national team hero Nguyen Hong Son is among those in attendance! Looks like the rain is easing off too, which is good news.


7.21 PM

Viet Nam are the AFF Cup 2018 champions and were quarter-finalists at the Asian Cup earlier this year. The Golden Dragons are enjoying perhaps the greatest period in their footballing history and will be keen to add another trophy to cement that legacy.

Thailand on the other hand sacked their manager at the start of this year and have yet to hire a permanent replacement, have lost half their fixtures this year and are missing star playmaker Chanathip Songkrasin through injury.

So on paper, Viet Nam should take a win today, but football isn’t played on paper, and I’m being told by reliable sources that it is in fact played on grass.

7.15 PM

Here's the Thai team, with captain and star striker Teerasil Dangda unable to start due to injury. Teen sensation Suphanet Muenta is on the bench.

Photo Goal Thailand Twitter

7.10 PM

Team news for Viet Nam, and no huge surprises, bar a starting berth for Nguyen Tuan Anh in midfield, who hasn't played for the national side since 2016 due to injuries. Buriram United midfielder Luan Xuan Truong doesn't get a start at his home ground.


Photo VFF

7.00 PM

Good evening and welcome to our live blog bringing you coverage of Viet Nam against Thailand in the semi-final of the King’s Cup at the Chang Arena in Buriram, Thailand.

While it may be a friendly tournament, there’s no love lost between these two regional rivals, and each side will be going all out to secure a shot at the trophy against Curacao, who beat India 3-1 in the other semi-final earlier today.

So join myself Peter Cowan, Ha Be, Hoang Quick and Paul Kennedy and we’ll keep you updated throughout the 90 minutes.



Vietnam take on Thailand today evening in the King's Cup in Bangkok. Log on to from 7pm for our live blog coverage.