Fans and soccer back in Vietnam after coronavirus shutdown

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam (AP) — Soccer was back and so were the spectators in Vietnam when the top domestic league resumed after the coronavirus shutdown. Fans were allowed into Ho Chi Minh City’s scoreless draw with Hai Phong among three matches, But unlike Germany’s Bundesliga and South Korea’s K-League, which returned to action in May with empty arenas, more than 1,000 fans attended the V-League game at Hai Phong. Allowing spectators to the matches was the result of Vietnam’s successful efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus. Despite sharing a long land border with China, Vietnam, with a population of almost 100 million, has recorded just 328 cases and not a single recorded death.