Magic in Hanoi

Trip Start Jan 12, 2013
Trip End Feb 14, 2013

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Flag of Vietnam  , Ha Nội,
Tuesday, January 15, 2013

This is a story from 2008.

We were channel surfing one night in a hotel in Saigon and came upon the Southeast Asian Soccer Championship match between Vietnam and Thailand that was being broadcast live from Hanoi. Vietnam needed a goal to claim their first championship ever, but unfortunately, there was only one minute left in the contest. Then a foul on a Thai player set up a free kick for Vietnam about 35 meters out and to the left.

Just as I was saying, "Well, it does happen on occasion. We'll see," the Vietnamese player taking the kick sailed the ball into the goal. The cameras in the stadium panned the crowd for a full five minutes and it was absolute bedlam. Everyone was screaming and crying and laughing and stomping and couldn't stop. No one could believe it, even after watching the replay a dozen times. Amazing. And we were lucky enough to have just tuned in. Sweet!
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