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​Vietnamese supporters all set for historic semifinal in Asiad football  

Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 13:27 GMT+7
​Vietnamese supporters all set for historic semifinal in Asiad football  
Supporters fill the streets in Ho Chi Minh City after Vietnam defeated Syria on August 27, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese fans are making all kinds of preparation to show their full support for the country’s football team in the 2018 Asian Games semifinal against South Korea on Wednesday afternoon.

Vietnam are scheduled to face their South Korean opponents at 4:00 pm in Asiad men’s football in Indonesia.

The team previously made history after defeating Syria 1-0 on Monday evening.

Goalie Bui Tien Dung has pulled off a string of incredible saves to preserve his clean sheet for the fifth consecutive game.

The semifinal is anticipated to be an even more intense and thrilling game with much higher stakes and expectations.

In order to show their encouragement for the men’s team, many fans in Ho Chi Minh City have equipped themselves with T-shirts, banners, stickers, ribbons, and national flags.

With prices ranging from VND20,000 (US$0.86) to VND50,000 ($2.15) a piece, these products can be found along many streets across the metropolis.

Tran Van Tuan, a resident in District 5, who had already bought two national flag T-shirts, said he and his son will be watching the historic battle at Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street in District 1.

A large crowd is expected to fill the iconic street, where 10 large TV screens have been set up to broadcast the game.

Trinh Hoai Nam, a member of the Vietnam Football Supporter (VFS), said he will join his friends at the Youth Culture House in District 1, having prepared 300 ‘I love Vietnam’ stickers and 20 banners for other VFS members.

The managers of the dormitory of the Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City have also installed an outdoor LED screen for students to watch the match.

In the northern city of Hai Phong, supporters will be able to enjoy the game via a 150 square meter screen at Lach Tray Stadium.

Travelers ask for tours to Indonesia on August 28, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Travelers ask for tours to Indonesia on August 28, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The screen was set up since the Vietnam-Bahrain game on August 24 and will be there until the tournament concludes.

About 30,000 fans are expected to gather at the stadium to watch the semifinal this afternoon.

The Hanoi Football Club will also allow local supporters to view the match at their Hang Day Stadium, with entrance fees set at VND30,000 ($1.29) per person.

Sold-out tours to Indonesia

Local tour operators stated their trips to Indonesia have sold out since Vietnam’s victory over Syria in the quarterfinals, despite a hike in prices by about VND3 million ($129).

Doan Thi Thanh Tra, an official from Saigontourist Company, said the firm had to stop selling such tours in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City as of Wednesday, although demand was still high.

A package tour to Indonesia provided by Saigontourist costs VND16 million ($687) and VND12 million ($515) in Ho Chi Minh City, Tra elaborated.

A representative from Fiditour Company stated their clients had been so eager to watch the game in Indonesia that they were willing to accept bad seats at the stadiums.

Vietravel also saw a three-fold increase in the number of customers since the quarterfinal win.

National carrier Vietnam Airlines (VNA) has provided additional flights to Indonesia to meet the rising demand. There are a total of four VNA flights from Vietnam to Jakarta on Wednesday.

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Duy Khang / Tuoi Tre News

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