The victory also meant sweet revenge for Australia, who were upset by Malaysia 3-0 in their Group B match on Aug 13.
Vietnam has made contact with China to demand the withdrawal of the ship from Vietnamese waters.
Vietnam will speed up its privatisation programme by the end of 2020, selling stakes in nearly 100 state-owned firms including Agribank.
As the United States challenges China's claim of the South China Sea, a Chinese ship leaves Vietnam waters.
Malaysia will go up against Thailand in the final tomorrow.
China has been accused of deploying warships, arming outposts and ramming fishing vessels in the resource-rich sea, sparking ire from other claimants.
The rescue comes on the heels of major wildlife seizures over the past week in Vietnam, both a consumption and transport hub for illegal wildlife in Asia.
Vietnamese and Chinese ships have been in a weeks-old standoff near an offshore oil block.
Most forms of gambling are illegal for locals in Vietnam, but the country has in recent years been used as a venue for online betting rings run by gangs from China and Taiwan.
Vietnam is both a consumption hub and popular smuggling route for illegal wildlife – from tigers to elephant tusks, pangolins and rhino horn.
'You journalists. Open your eyes and noses. Today we show you everything,' says a Cambodian defence ministry spokesman.
China has not confirmed the presence of its ships in the area.
The seized pangolin scales and elephant ivory will be destroyed to prevent them from re-entering the market.
US companies are moving away from China into countries such as Malaysia to avoid the 25% tariff imposed by the Trump administration.
Vietnam and China are embroiled in a years-long dispute over the potentially energy-rich stretch of waters in the South China Sea.
Improving economic standards in the region has brought about lifestyle changes, which in turn have led to a shift to more unhealthy diets, a report says.
The epic battle ended France’s colonisation of Vietnam and triggered America’s involvement in the region, which culminated in the Vietnam War.
The Soviet-built factory complex on the outskirts of Hanoi has new life manufacturing global sportswear goods for brands like Nike and the US Olympic team.
China's U-shaped 'nine-dash line' marks a vast expanse of the South China Sea that it claims, including large oil-filled chunks of Vietnam's continental shelf.
Eclat Textile Co will invest in new facilities in Southeast Asian nations such as Indonesia or Cambodia.
At 3,143 metres, Mount Fanxipan is the highest mountain in Vietnam, and the highest in Indochina.
The US Commerce Department imposes duties of more than 400% on steel imports from Vietnam.
The free trade deal signed between Vietnam and the EU will pave the way for 99% tariff reductions of goods between the bloc and the Socialist Republic.
Vietnam is buying more US goods to help it reduce a US$39.5 billion surplus after President Donald Trump calls the country a trade abuser.