‘This one’s for you boss’: Vietnam toasts historic football victory

If you were one of many bosses in Vietnam who gave their staff the afternoon off to watch the men’s under 23 AFC Championship semi-final against Qatar on Tuesday, we salute you. Having witnessed dancing in the streets on Saturday following the country’s quarter-final victory against Iraq, authorities in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and everywhere in between braced themselves again last night after Vietnam’s fairytale run in the U23 Asian Cup continued. Fans are glued to the action at the Ho Chi Minh City Youth Cultural House during Vietnam’s U23 AFC Championship semi-final against Qatar on January 23, 2018. Photo: Vu Ha Kim Vy Playing out a pulsating 2-2 extra time draw with Qatar at the Kushan Sports Center Stadium in Jiangsu, China, Vietnam once again held their nerve to win a second penalty shootout in a row, this one advancing them to an unlikely final against Uzbekistan this Saturday. Heroes Goalkeeper Bui Tien Dung was the hero again for Vietnam, making two excellent saves to thwart the Qataris in the shootout, leaving defender Vu Van Thanh to calmly slot home the deciding penalty, and spark wild celebrations up and down the country. Midfielder Nguyen Quang Hai was also a standout, and must be in contention for player of the tournament after he scored both goals in open play for the Golden Stars – bringing his cup tally to four – including a sublime 88th minute equaliser which sent Vietnamese fans into rapture. Fans before the kick-off of Vietnam’s… [Read full story]

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