Vietnam comes second in U23 Asian Cup after losing 1-2 to Uzbekistan

Vietnam finished second in the AFC U23 final against Uzbekistan after the latter scored in the last minute of extra time, brining the score to 1-2. In addition to silver medals, the Vietnamese team also received the Fair Play Award for its performance throughout the competition, which took place in China. It is the first time a Vietnamese national team has made it this far in a continental championship, attracting attention from global football fans. In snowy conditions at the Changzhou Olympic Sports Center, it was Uzbek defender Rustamjon Ashurmatov who scored first with a header in the 8th minute. More than half an hour later, Vietnam’s midfielder Nguyen Quang Hai equalized with a free kick. It was his fifth goal at the game, making him one of the top scorers at the Asian championship. The match remained goalless during the second half, forcing the teams to play extra time. In the 120th minute, Uzbekistan’s striker Andrey Sidorov scored their second goal, making the team champions of the 2018 U23 Asian Cup. Sidorov replaced Javokhir Sidikov in the 118th minute of the match. “We were so close,” Quang Hai said looking sad after the match. “We could have played better but we failed.” “We have no words to thank the fans. They’ve been beyond marvelous. We got this far thanks to the fans who have always stood by our side,” Quang Hai added. After losing, Vietnam’s Korean coach Park Hang-seo was seen surrounded by his players shouting “Why do we have… [Read full story]


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