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Hanoi: Vietnam edged closer to securing AFC Asian Cup qualification for the first time since hosting the 2007 tournament as a 5-0 win over Cambodia on Tuesday was enough to join Jordan at the top of Group C.

Dinh Thanh Trung opened the scoring after 13 minutes in heavy rain at My Dinh Stadium in what was the final game in charge for caretaker coach Mai Duc Chung before South Korean Park Hang-seo takes over on Wednesday.

And with Nguyen Van Quyet, Nguyen Anh Duc, Nguyen Cong Phuong and Mac Hong Quan adding further goals in the second half, Vietnam took advantage of Jordan’s 3-3 draw with Afghanistan to move level on points and five clear of third place Cambodia with just two games remaining.

Having already beaten Cambodia 2-1 in Phnom Penh last month, the home side made the ideal start in the return fixture as Thanh Trung’s long range effort after 12 minutes found the back of the net following good work from Cong Phuong and Van Quyet.

Vietnam continued to dominate the first half, but failed to add to their advantage as Anh Duc wasted the best chance for the home side after 28 minutes.

Anh Duc also went close at the start of the second half, with Khoun Laboravy then creating a rare chance for the visitors after 54 minutes.

But it was Vietnam who were next on the scoresheet two minutes later as Van Quyet headed home Thanh Trung’s cross from close range.

And the home side added a third just four minutes later as Anh Duc converted following Thanh Trung’s long range effort.

The home side added a fourth with 14 minutes remaining courtesy of a strike from Cong Phuong before Cambodia were unlucky not to add a late consolation as Sok Chanraksmey struck the post.

And the home side sealed the win in stoppage time as substitute Hong Quan found the net.

Photos: AFC

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