AFC U23 Championship: Bravery gains Vietnam another miracle

NDO – Vietnam U23 team continue their history-making journey at the regional AFC U23 Championship in China after beating the title favourite Iraq in the penalty shootout to reach the semifinal for the first time. >>> Vietnam edge out Iraq in penalty shootout to advance to semi-finals >>> International media highlights Vietnam’s AFC U23 feat >>> PM sends congratulations to Vietnam U23 over historic results Vietnam was not as highly rated as Iraq U23, as of their disadvantage in height and physical strength, coach Park Hang-seo’s players proved their strong determination to create consecutive surprises. This is a deserved win for the Vietnamese squad as they had consistently fought back and played courageously to ease the pressure in the 120 minutes against Iraq. They tied 3-3 after overtime and later ended up 5-3 during the suspenseful shootout to wrap up the thrilling match. Speaking after the dramatic win, Vietnam’s head coach Park said that this victory is to all football supporters in Vietnam. The Korean coach confirmed that Vietnam U23 won the match and he was not the least bit surprised. “I always thought that my players could win. They always believe that and today they proved their ability. We had team spirit and the determination of the players who will never stop until the final whistle.” Iraq head coach Abdulghani Shahad said that he could not have anticipated the match result: “I was very surprised by the performance of Vietnam U23, but they deserved the win. I would like… [Read full story]


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