HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam– Football was back and so were the spectators in Vietnam on Friday when the leading 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 went back to action in May with empty arenas, more than 1,000 fans went to the V-League game at Hai Phong.

Enabling spectators to the matches was the result of Vietnam’s effective efforts to consist of the spread of coronavirus. Regardless of sharing a long land border with China, where the virus came from, Vietnam, with a population of almost 100 million has tape-recorded simply 328 cases and not a single documented death.

The number, impacted by a troublesome kickoff time, was small compared to the league’s average attendance of over 7,000 in 2019.

Fans were subjected to temperature checks as they entered the stadiums, which were restricted to half of typical capacity. They were not required to wear masks.

” Undoubtedly we are pleased to play in front of fans as this is what makes football special,” stated Ho Chi Minh coach Jung Hae-sung. “We have been waiting a long period of time for the league to reboot.”

There were 2 rounds of games played previously in the year prior to the league was suspended in March. The number of games will be decreased from the usual 26 to 18 or 20 as authorities want to finish the season by the end of October.

In Friday’s other matches, more than 3,000 saw Nam Dinh lose 2-1 in the house to The Cong while about 800 went to Sai Gon FC’s 0-0 draw with Binh Duong.