Beating Qatar in semi-finals, Vietnam make miracle at AFC U23 Championship

Beating Qatar in semi-finals, Vietnam make miracle at AFC U23 Championship

The Vietnamese football team is through to the final of the AFC U23 Championship in China, defeating Qatar in the semi-finals in a dramatic penalty shootout.

With the 4-3 shootout in favor of Vietnam after a 2-2 draw, they become the first Southeast Asian team to reach the final of the competition. Vietnam will now face Uzbekistan in the final on Saturday, 27 January 2018.

(Source: AFC.com)

The US’s AP News Agency praised coach Park Hang-seo after the spectacular performance of Vietnam’s U23 team at the 2018 AFC U23 Championship. Park also has received praise from Vietnamese fans and media for his friendly manner and putting his hand on his chest during the Vietnamese national anthem.

In Seoul, Park’s exploits with Vietnam have been widely covered, with commentators observing that he is now forging a legend of his own by injecting confidence and discipline into a team that has always had talent. Park says the team knows there is still a lot of work to do, but they are ready for anything.

(Source: vnexpress.net)

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has sent a congratulatory message to Vietnam’s U23 team saying their victory is a great pride of Vietnamese sports and Vietnamese football in particular. On behalf of the Vietnamese government, Prime Minister Phuc extended the warmest greetings to the team and coach Park Hang Seo and expressed his hope that the team will bring into play unity, disciplines, and confidence to gain success in the final.

Source: VOV and Maresos team