Vietnam book ticket to AFC quarter finals for the first time

Vietnam U23’s made history as the team sealed a historic place in the AFC U23 Championship quarter finals for the first time. Vietnam (white) fight against the attacks from a strong Syrian side. The 0-0 draw in Changshu, China, takes Vietnam into the AFC U23 Championship quarter finals for the first time. (Credit: AFC) Vietnam fought tooth and nail to tie 0-0 with Syria in their last Group D clash late Wednesday and the result was enough for coach Park Hang-seo’s players to earn a berth in the knockout phase, as the Republic of Korea (RoK) beat Australia 3-2 in the other group match the same day, leaving the way for Vietnam to claim second place in Group D with four points after three matches. After the two previous matches, Vietnam had three points. In the final group clash, Park Hang-seo’s players encountered Syria, who stood at the bottom of the table with only one point. A win would have opened the door for either Vietnam or Syria to advance to the quarter finals. The importance of the match put pressure on both sides, forcing them to enter the match at Changsu Stadium with caution. Vietnam started with a 4-5-1 formation, aimed at limiting the superior fitness of the Syrian side. Syria varied their attacks and soon created two consecutive chances in the 12th and 13th minutes. In the first attack, defender Dinh Trong did well to deny Moumen Naji’s effort, and then, from the resulting corner, Mohamad Arnaout sent… [Read full story]

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