International media hail Vietnam’s efforts in AFC Asian Cup quarter finals

Friday, 2019-01-25 17:47:22
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Vietnamese team at the first quarterfinal match with Japan which took place at the Al Maktoum Stadium in Dubai of the UAE on January 24 (Photo: VNA)
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NDO/VNA – Although Vietnam’s journey at the on-going 2019 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup has now ended following a 0-1 defeat to Japan on January 24, the national team and goalkeeper Dang Van Lam in particular earned praise from the international media.

In an article entitled “Vietnam dream ends as Japan benefit from VAR”, football website Fox Sports Asia wrote that, despite being the underdogs for the match, Vietnam’s players showed remarkable determination in driving the ball forwards.

“The Vietnamese just found themselves with too big a hurdle to overcome against one of the tournament favourites, as they bowed out following a brave charge,” the author, football editor Gabriel Tan, added.

In particular, he lauded the performance of Vietnamese goalie Dang Van Lam, saying that he was in excellent form, parrying Genki Haraguchi’s cross-shot away from the bottom corner, before saving a shot from Takumi Minamino in a one-on-one situation.

Many newspapers praised Vietnam’s bravery against Japan in the quarter-final match. The Sanspo said Japan faced tough opponents with a solid defence. Vietnam were also quick to deploy dangerous counterattacks, with the noteworthy individual skills of striker Nguyen Cong Phuong, it added.

Meanwhile, Malaysia’s The Star newspaper said Vietnam launched numerous attacks against Japan throughout the match. Notably, Cong Phuong may have had an opportunity to score in the 89th minute as he opened himself up, unmarked, just outside of the box, however he failed to equalise.