Hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese people poured out into street across the country on Sunday night to celebrate Vietnam’s AFF championship title. Their 10-year long dream became true. All major streets in Hanoi were packed with people, mostly youngsters, holding high the national flag, singing the national anthem and shouting Vietnam Vo Dich “Vietnam the champions”. As the clock ticked away towards midnight, overjoyed revelers drove through the streets and converged on Hoan Kiem (Restored Sword) Lake – in the heart of the Hanoi capital. Despite the chilly weather, many only wore the national flag as a coat and used whatever they could, from empty water bottles to plastic pots and pans to serve as drums and gongs to beat out a victory cadence. Kim Ma and Nguyen Thai Hoc streets were flooded with seas of people waving red national flags. Supporters, regardless of their age, social status or nationalities, shook hands to celebrate the victory. Despite her age, Nguyen Ngoc Anh from Lang Thuong street, joined the rally. “I am not surprised at the victory because the national team has prepared and performed well this time,” she said. A surprising number of foreigners and expats enthusiastically joined the celebration,…
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