Title-chasing South Korea dodged a bullet to reach the Asian Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday (Jan 22), while Qatar toppled Iraq 1-0 in a full-blooded Gulf clash. South Korea's players celebrate their goal against Bahrain during the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Round of 16 football match. (Giuseppe CACACE/AFP) The Koreans were taken to extra time by tiny Bahrain in Dubai where a thumping header from substitute Kim Jin-su earned them a 2-1 win and dragged the tournament co-favourites through to face Qatar - the team local fans love to hate. "It was a tough game," said South Korea captain Son Heung-min after the Taeguk Warriors reached the quarter-finals for the seventh straight time. "It's all about attitude as well, and I'm a bit unhappy with our performance - I think we're better than that." South Korea's quest to end 59 years of Asian Cup hurt looked to be safely on track when Hwang Hee-chan pounced on a loose ball to lash home two minutes before half-time. Mohamed Al Romaihi equalised … [Read more...] about South Korea, Qatar qualify for Asian Cup quarter finals
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A Vietnamese fan carries a replica of the AFF Cup at My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy Vietnam and Malaysia have taken different paths to the final. Vietnam was unbeaten in the group stage with three wins, one draw and no goals conceded. Then they went on to win both legs of semi-finals against the Philippines with the same score, 2-1. Malaysia had a slow start, losing to Vietnam in the group stage. In the semifinals, they drew with Thailand 2-2 on aggregate and proceeded to the final. After the first leg of the final, Vietnam holds the advantage of scoring two away goals in the first leg that ended in a 2-2 draw. A goalless draw or a 1-1 draw will deliver the title to Vietnam. Video below shows Malaysian fans burning flares as they gathered outside My Dinh Stadium. CĐV Malaysia đốt pháo sáng, hò reo trên đường tiến vào sân Mỹ Đình … [Read more...] about AFF Cup final: Vietnam vs. Malaysia
* Vietnam ready to field strongest squad against Malaysia in AFF Cup final A 2-2 draw at Bukit Jalil Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on December 11 gave the Vietnamese team an advantage as they enter the final showpiece tonight with two away goals in hand. The hosts now will only need a 0-0 or 1-1 draw to clinch their second AFF Cup title, after their maiden victory in 2008. Meanwhile, the visitors, after erasing Vietnam’s 2-0 lead to draw at Bukit Jalil, are hungry for their second title following their first in 2010. They are underdogs in Hanoi with two conceded goals at home, however, in football, anything can happen. Both sides are capable of fielding their strongest squads tonight, with both being reinforced in defence as they welcome the return of key defenders. It is likely that Vietnam will sit deep with a three-player defensive line as has been effectively implemented throughout the tournament, seeing them concede only four goals so far. However, coach Park Hang-seo also needs … [Read more...] about AFF Cup final second leg: Vietnam vs Malaysia possible line-ups
>>> Park’s side confident towards a positive result at Bukit Jalil >>> Vietnam not afraid of pressure from Bukit Jalil’s stands: Park Hang-seo The two are no stranger to each other as they played in the group stage. At that time, the Golden Dragons with reasonable tactics and clinical finishing earned a convincing 2-0 victory against the Malayan Tigers. But the reunion this time will be a completely different story. Malaysia have evolved since the defeat to Vietnam, as they defeated defending champions Thailand in the two-leg semi-finals to win their final berth. Harimau Malaya are desperately waiting to force Vietnam to "pay" for the 2-0 defeat in the group stage. The Malaysian coach and players have confirmed that they have prepared “a surprise” for their visitors. As playing hosts, surely the Malayan Tigers will put great pressure on the guests to seek advantage with a victory, before heading to the hard trip to Hanoi’s My Dinh Stadium … [Read more...] about Possible lineups Malaysia vs Vietnam
As the excitement builds ahead of the final of the Asian Football Confederation Under-23 Championship, all eyes are on the two title contenders, Vietnam and Uzbekistan. Neither team has ever made it beyond the group stage of the biennial championship prior to this year. Previous winners include Japan in 2016, who lost 4-0 in this year’s quarterfinals to Uzbekistan, and Iraq in 2013 (when it was the AFC U22 Cup), who lost in the quarterfinals on penalties (5-3) to none other than Vietnam. This year, both finalists lost a match in the group stage. Vietnam lost 2-1 to South Korea, but the Koreans were subsequently defeated by Uzbekistan in the semis, while Uzbekistan lost to Qatar 1-0, who then lost to Vietnam… also in the semis. As for goal stats, Uzbekistan has so far fared better than the more defensively minded Vietnam. Vietnam Uzbekistan Goals scored 7 10 Goals conceded 7 2 Top goalscorer Nguyen Quang Hai (4 goals) Jasurbek Yakhshiboev (3 goals) Formation … [Read more...] about Vietnam vs Uzbekistan in U23 Asian Cup final: Who do you think will win?