Vietnam advances to final of AFC U23 Championship
Updated : Wednesday, January 24, 2018 9:44 AM (GMT+0700)

Vietnamsurprised the world by securing a berth in the final of the Asian FootballConfederation (AFC) U23 Championship after beating Qatar 4-3 in the penaltyshootout on January 23 in China.

Vietnamese and Qatari football players – Photo: VNA

Earlier, in theofficial 90 minutes and nervous extra time, Vietnam drew 2-2 with the Asianpowerhouse.

The team will play againsteither former champion the Republic of Korea or Uzbekistan, which willplay later today.

Vietnam became the firstSoutheast Asian country to enter the final of the AFC U23 championship. 

The team qualified for thesemifinals on January 20 thanks to a dramatic victory over Iraq.

Earlier, Vietnam ​was thefirst Southeast Asian team to achieve a group stage victory by defeating Australia,and one of the first teams from the region to reach the quarterfinals togetherwith Malaysia.


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