Vietnam eliminated from U23 Asian Cup after losing to Saudi Arabia | Culture – Sports

Vietnam will not participate in the U23 Asian Cup after losing to Saudi Arabia (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The trip from Vietnam to the AFC U23 Asian Cup the glory ended on June 12 in the quarter-final stage, after a 0-2 loss to Saudi Arabia.

Gong Oh-kyun’s team surprised many by having more chances than their opponents, especially with Le Minh Binh’s long-range effort hitting the woodwork.

A distracted Vietnamese defense gave Moteb Al-Harbi the opening goal just before the break, and Firas Al-Buraikan doubled the Green Falcons’ lead in the 65th minute. Vietnam were then reduced to ten men after goalkeeper Quan Van Chuan was shown a red card.

Coach Gong again rotated the team heavily, replacing the five midfielders who started the game against Malaysia. In the starting lineup, six players are under 21 and can participate in the next edition of the cup.

The Golden Star Warriors, like most of their previous games in this tournament, made high pressure plays in the opening minutes of the game, looking for an early opener.

Binh had the first chance in the second minute, when Khuat Van Khang’s cross from the left wing met him at the far post. The midfielder’s header was tamed and grabbed easily by goalkeeper Nawaf Al-Aqidi.

In the 25th minute, a superb pass from Vu Tien Long found Khang, who rebounded the ball for Nham Manh Dung to shoot from just outside the box, but his effort was just wide of the post.

Khang was instrumental in Vietnam’s play as the midfielder participated in all their good chances in the first half. His 35th-minute effort allowed Binh to fire from range, but Al-Aqidi managed to get his hands on it and tipped the ball over the bar to Binh’s sheer disbelief.

Just six minutes later, a distraction caused by Al-Buraikan’s injury in the Vietnamese penalty area allowed full-back Al-Harbi to break through the Vietnamese defense and fire to the far post for the first goal. Saudi Arabia. Despite having fewer shots on target, the men in white scored the only goal of the first half, dealing a mental blow to Vietnam before the break.

Vietnam had to push hard in the second half in search of the equaliser, but Saudi Arabia kept their cool and patiently waited for their chance. In the 65th minute, it was again Al-Harbi who crossed to an unmarked Al-Buraikan inside the box which made it 2-0.

The men in red couldn’t shoot Al-Aqidi’s goal in the second half as the methodical Saudis kept the ball and didn’t allow Vietnam to play, although coach Gong brought in more forwards.

In the 78th minute, goalkeeper Quan Van Chuan, who had been Vietnam’s hero throughout the tournament, came out of his box to clear the ball, but fouled Al-Buraikan in the process. The Japanese referee waved a red card straight away, and although VAR intervened because Chuan appeared to be the first to touch the ball, the decision was not overturned.

While Vietnam used all their substitutions, striker Nham Manh Dung was forced to play as goalkeeper in the final ten minutes. Dung surprisingly kept a clean sheet in the remaining part of the game and the match ended 2-0 against Saudi Arabia.

With this result, Vietnam are eliminated from the AFC Asian Under-23 Cup at the quarter-final stage, still their second-best finish in the tournament’s history. Saudi Arabia will face Australia on June 15 in the semi-finals.

Vietnam Under-23s and coach Gong will return to action in 2023 at the 32nd SEA Games in Cambodia, with the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China having been postponed to an unknown date.

Although they cannot match the miraculous run of 2018 by their senior team, Vietnam’s performance in this tournament showed great progress and a modern and different style of play that the Vietnamese need. Soccer to continue to progress on the continent./.

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