Vietnam beat Iraq for Asian U23 champs’ semi-finals
Updated : Sunday, January 21, 2018 10:39 AM (GMT+0700)

Vietnamcontinued their dream journey at the Asian Football Conference U23 Championshipafter beating Iraq 5-3 in the penalty shootout on January 20 in Changsu, China.

Vietnamese players celebrate their goal during the AFC U23 Championship match
against Iraq on January 20. Vietnam win 5-3 in penalty shootout Photo: VNA

Talented goalkeeper Bui TienDung denied a kick from Iraqi side while all five Vietnamese players weresuccessful with their finishes in the quarter-finals seesaw match - the onlyone happening in extra time and then penalties.

Earlier, in theofficial 90 minutes and nervous extra time, Vietnam drew 3-3 with the Asianpowerhouse

The Southeast Asian team’sstriker Nguyen Cong Phuong opened the score in the first half, surprisingnot only their rivals but also the whole continent.

Iraq, the lastchampionship’s bronze medalist, levelled the result with a penalty by strikerAyman Hussein some minutes later.

The second half saw muchefforts from both sides but none of them bagged more goals, leading the matchto the extra time which saw two goals from each sides.

"It is the best matchof V​ietnam in this tournament so far. They played at their best with thenever-give-up spirit. We must praise all of them, the true warriors," saidfootball expat Trinh Minh Hue in a TV commentary show.

Vietnam, the only ASEANcountry in the continental tournament’s last-four round, will next play Qataron January 23.

Source: VNA

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