Việt Nam beat Australia 1-0 in AFC U23 tournament

HÀ NỘI – Nguyễn Quang Hải’s win brought Việt Nam’s historic 1-0 victory over Australia in the Asian Football Confederation U23 Championship Sunday, and opens a door to all Group D teams competing in the quarter-finals in Kunshan, China. Việt Nam was the first ASEAN team to win at this tournament, which is in its third edition. Two other teams here are Thailand and Malaysia. Thailand has just been eliminated after two straight losses, while Malaysia claimed one point from a draw after two matches. The golden boy Hải scored the only goal at the 72nd minute, making part of his coach Park Hang-seo’s expectation to make miracles come true. Prior to the tournament, Park said he wanted to surprise people with his Vietnamese players. And they are on the way to proving it. Last Thursday, Hải scored the opener for Việt Nam in their first match of the tournament. Despite losing 1-2 to 2016 championship runners-up South Korea, Việt Nam really shocked not only local experts, but also international trainers. Sunday’s victory was even an earthquake for the whole continent, as Australian media described their loss as a national disaster, while Thai newspapers, such as Thai Rath, Siam Sports and Bangkok Post, considered it a big shock. AFC President Sheikh Salman al-Khalifa sent his congratulation to the team after the match, saying he was proud of Việt Nam’s result and hoped the team would see more success. Despite being an underdog in the group, Việt Nam were really confident… [Read full story]

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