Vietnam win semifinal against Qatar in AFC U23 Championship

Tuesday, 2018-01-23 23:47:38
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Vietnamese players celebrate after winning the semifinal against Qatar at the AFC U23 Championship in Changzhou, Jiangsu province, China, Jan. 23, 2018.
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NDO – Vietnam U23 came from behind to hold Qatar U23 2-2 at the end of extra-time, before beating the title favourites 4-3 in a thrilling penalty shootout to book a berth in the finals of the 2018 AFC U23 Championship in China for the first time.

>>> Vietnam win thrilling penalty shootout against Qatar to reach final

Let’s look at several moments from Vietnam’s dramatic win at Changzhou Olympic Sports Centre on Tuesday evening.

Akram Hassan Afif of Qatar shoots during the semifinal.

Vietnamese and Qatari players head for the ball.

Almoez Ali of Qatar vies with Pham Xuan Manh of Vietnam.

Ha Duc Chinh (No. 13) competes during the semifinal between Vietnam and Qatar.

Nguyen Quang Hai (No. 19) scores a brace for Vietnam during the game at Changzhou Olympic Sports Centre.

Nguyen Quang Hai (No. 19) celebrates after scoring.

Players of Vietnam and Qatar are seen in the penalty kicks during the semifinal.

Goalkeeper Bui Tien Dung saves a penalty kick.

Vietnam U23s celebrate after winning the match.

Park Hang-seo’s side produced another shock in this year’s competition.

Photo by Xinhua