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Vietnam advance to 2020 AFC U23 Championship finals as group leaders

Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 11:31 GMT+7
Vietnam advance to 2020 AFC U23 Championship finals as group leaders

Vietnam sealed a place in the finals of the 2020 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-23 Championship after routing Thailand 4-0 in their last qualifier in Hanoi on Tuesday evening.

The third victory in a row enabled Vietnam to top Group K and secure a berth in the final tournament in Thailand next year.

Even though results in the qualifying game did not mean much to Thailand, who already qualified as hosts, the guests launched a fierce start at My Dinh National Stadium, but it was the Vietnamese who took the lead with a brilliant nutmeg goal from Ha Duc Chinh.

The Golden Dragons maintained the lead at half-time.

Despite the War Elephants’ attempt to take back the game after the break, Nguyen Hoang Duc struck in the 53rd minute to make it 2-0 for Vietnam.


Only minute later, Thailand’s key forward Supachai Jaided was shown a straight red card, and it was when the away team totally lost control of the match.

The young Golden Stars broke the Thais' net two more times with a quick kick from close range from Nguyen Thanh Chung in the 63rd minute and a 94-minute goal from Tran Thanh Son.

The 2020 AFC U-23 Championship, the fourth edition of the biennial international age-restricted football championship organized for the men's under-23 national teams of Asia, will be held from January 8 to 26 in Thailand, according to FOX Sports.

Vietnam were the runners-up of the 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, while Uzbekistan are the title holders.

The Asian Football Confederation confirms the cast for for the finals of the 2020 AFC U23 Championship

The Asian Football Confederation confirms the cast for the finals of the 2020 AFC U-23 Championship

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