Vietnam defeated the Philippines 2-1 in their first-leg match in the semi-finals of the AFF Cup 2018 in Bacolod City. The squad arrived at Bacolod-Silay Airport at 9:30am on December 3 to catch their return flight to Vietnam. The national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines flew the Vietnamese football team directly back to their home country. The Vietnamese team were able to gather in the VIP waiting room ahead of the flight. Head coach Park Hang Seo was in high spirits at the airport. Forwards Cong Phuong and Duc Chinh both put in good performance against the Philippines on December 2. Flight attendants all wore T-shirts portraying the national flag. The flight is scheduled to take off at 11:30am and due to land at Noi Bai International Airport at 2:05pm (local time) on December 3. The national team will hold their next training session on December 4. The second-leg tie between Vietnam and the Philippines will take place at the My Dinh National Stadium at 7:30pm on December 6.
Forwards Cong Phuong and Duc Chinh both put in good performance against the Philippines on December 2.