Bui Tien Dung scored the closing goal to help U23 Vietnam make history in the Asian tournament.
Bui Tien Dung scored the final goal, U23 Vietnam won a historic victory over U23 Iraq
At the 2018 Asian U23 Finals, U23 Vietnam created one surprise after another when they passed the group stage and advanced all the way to the final. At that time, Coach Park Hang Seo’s U23 Vietnam met many strong teams. In the quarterfinals, U23 Vietnam’s opponent is U23 Iraq, the team that won the 2013 U23 Asian Championship.
Against an opponent that was rated much higher than them, U23 Vietnam opened the scoring in the 12th minute thanks to Cong Phuong. However, later, the representative of West Asia leveled the score thanks to Aymen Hussein on the penalty spot when the match entered the 29th minute.
In the following minutes, the match was very tense but no more goals were scored in the two official halves. The two teams were forced to enter 2 extra periods. Aymen Hussein once again scored for Iraq when conceding the goal to U23 Vietnam in the 94th minute. It was thought that the goal would make U23 Vietnam depressed, but coach Park Hang Seo’s students fought bravely.
U23 Vietnam had a tense match against U23 Iraq in the 2018 U23 Asian Finals
Phan Van Duc and Ha Duc Chinh scored in minutes 108 and 112 to help U23 Vietnam take a 3-2 lead. However, the match became more dramatic when Iraq equalized the score 3-2 in the 116th minute. After 120 minutes of inconclusive results, both teams had to enter a penalty shootout.
This is the time when the bravery of U23 Vietnam is tested. In the first shot, Bui Tien Dung blocked Bashar Rasan’s 11m kick. After that, Van Thanh, Quang Hai, Xuan Truong, and Duc Chinh all successfully performed their penalty kicks.
Midfielder Bui Tien Dung was the one who kicked the winning penalty kick for U23 Vietnam. Although goalkeeper Ahmed Basil touched the ball, he was unable to prevent it from flying into the net. This goal of Tien Dung made his teammates, U23 Vietnam coaching staff and teammates burst into tears. Defeating U23 Iraq with a penalty kick score of 5-4, U23 Vietnam made history for the first time appearing in the semi-finals of the U23 Asian Championship.
International media praised U23 Vietnam
After the U23 Vietnam team defeated the U23 Iraq team to win the right to play in the semi-finals of the U23 Asia tournament, the Thai press praised this achievement of coach Park Hang-seo and his team as a “historic achievement”. History of Southeast Asia”.
Right from the headlines and pages Siam Sports did not hesitate to praise the U23 Vietnamese players when writing: “History of Southeast Asia! Vietnam reached the semi-finals of the Asian tournament.” This newspaper wrote: “Vietnam advanced to the U23 Asian Finals after 120 minutes of competition with Iraq in a match heated to every second. Draw 3-3 after two extra periods, the match entered a penalty shootout. Vietnam sharper and successful in continuing to write my story.”
According to Siam Sports “The victory over Iraq is very meaningful. It shows that Vietnam can completely defeat the top teams on the continent.”
This newspaper also emphasized: “Vietnam became the first team from Southeast Asia to reach the U23 Asian semi-finals since this tournament was established. In the semi-finals, Vietnam will meet Qatar. The remaining semi-final pair taking place between Korea and Uzbekistan”.
U23 Vietnam’s achievements were also featured on the sports channel’s website ESPN praised: “U23 Vietnam wrote a new page of history for Southeast Asian football, defeating 2013 champion U23 Iraq on penalties in a way no one could have imagined. Ancient story The achievements of U23 Vietnam will continue.”
Meanwhile, the official website of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) wrote: “U23 Vietnam entered the Asian semi-finals thanks to nerves of steel. U23 Iraq demonstrated their outstanding strength in the group stage and automatically entered the battle with U23 Vietnam. But in the face of Vietnam’s tight defense, coach Abdulghani Shahad’s team could hardly find a way out.” .
What did Bui Tien Dung say about that 11m result?
After the match, Bui Tien Dung talked about his decisive penalty: “My feelings right now are very happy and proud to contribute to the team making history. I was the one who proactively volunteered to shoot the 11m. I often take penalty kicks at the club, but to be honest, the feeling of shooting today’s penalty shootout is really indescribable. I don’t feel any pressure at all. I completely believe in my team today. will win”.