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National team footballers given bonus for King's Cup win

Vietnam's national football team received a bonus of 500 million VND (21,400 USD) for their 1-0 win over Thailand during the ongoing King’s Cup in Buriram, Thailand.

The Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) decided to reward the team because it was an important victory over their long-standing arch-rivals.

Veteran striker Nguyen Anh Duc headed the only goal of the match in the final minute of added time.

It was only Vietnam’s third win in their 22 matches against Thailand since December 1995.

VFF President Le Khanh Hai sent his congratulations to the team, praising strong spirit of the ASEAN champions and their confidence even while playing on Thai ground.

He said the bonus was designed to encourage Park Hang-seo and his players, who will meet Curacao in the final on June 8.

The King’s Cup is a friendly tournament but this year it falls during the FIFA international break, meaning it will count towards teams' FIFA rankings – scores that are used to determine seeding at big tournaments.