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Kuala Lumpur: My Dinh Stadium is where Vietnamese Cup winners Than Quang Ninh will look to get their 2017 AFC Cup back on track against Home United this week and, as the national stadium for the Southeast Asian country, will also host Vietnam’s AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 home qualifying fixtures over the coming year.

With crucial matches to be played there in the months ahead, the-AFC.com continues its series of profiling Asia’s great grounds by taking a closer look at a venue that also hosted the second leg of the final of Vietnam’s victorious 2008 AFF Championship campaign.

Overview

The centerpiece of Vietnam’s National Sports Complex, My Dinh Stadium is a multi-purpose venue located ten kilometres west of central Hanoi. The stadium, which has a capacity of 40,192, opened in 2003 and was used in the 2007 AFC Asian Cup in Southeast Asia.

Vietnam’s second largest sporting venue, My Dinh Stadium cost US$53 million to construct and features arched roofs that cover the east and west sides of the stadium and a running track around the pitch. In addition to sporting events, the arena stages music concerts, with a number of Vietnamese and international acts having performed there over the years.

History

Construction on the venue began in 2002 and it was officially opened on September 2, 2003, when it hosted a friendly between Vietnam U-23 and Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua. It was then used as the main venue for the Southeast Asian Games later that year.

In 2007, when the AFC Asian Cup was staged in Southeast Asia, My Dinh Stadium hosted all but one of the Group B games. Vietnam defeated the United Arab Emirates 2-0 in their opening match before advancing to the last eight as runners-up behind Japan. It was also the venue for the quarter-final between Japan and Australia as well as the semi-final between Japan and Saudi Arabia.

A Match to Remember

A year later My Dinh Stadium hosted Vietnam’s greatest footballing triumph when the nation won the AFF Championship for the first and, to date, only time. After seeing off Singapore in the semi-final, the Southeast Asians defeated Thailand 2-1 in Bangkok and returned to Hanoi needing just a draw to claim the title.

Teerasil Dangda gave Thailand a first-half lead to ensure a nervy encounter ensued before Vietnam legend Le Cong Vinh netted deep into stoppage time to secure a 1-1 draw and a 3-2 aggregate win in front of 40,000 jubilant spectators.

Upcoming Fixture
Than Quang Ninh (VIE) v Home United (SIN)
Venue: My Dinh Stadium, Hanoi
Kick-off: April 5, 18:00, UTC+7

Photos: Lagardère Sports & AFP

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