Update: 08:45 | 25/01/2019
Vietnam lost 0-1 to Japan the first quarterfinal match of the ongoing 2019 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup, which took place at the Al Maktoum Stadium in Dubai of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on January 24.
However, they were still heaped with praises from fans and commentators for a game described as one of their best so far.
Striker Cong Phuong (in red) in action in the match.
The underdogged showed a brave, determined spirit against the giants Japan throughout the match and conceded only one goal from a 57th-minute penalty kick, determined with help from the video assistance referee (VAR) technology.
Earlier, at the 24th minute, the technology had its role to play in the referee’s decision to rule out a goal for Japan although captain Maya Yoshida headed the ball to Vietnam’s net, showing that it had touched his hand.
After conceding the goal from the spot, Vietnam kept fighting and showed no signs of giving up but created various chances against their Japanese rivals.
Vietnam’s head coach Park Hang-
Keeper Dang Van Lam rescues Vietnam a number of times during the match.
At the opposite end of the field, Vietnam’s goalie Van Lam became a hero of the match with many excellent saves that denied many dangerous shots from Japan.
Vietnam advanced to the quarter-finals of the tournament following a breath-taking shootout with Jordan on January 20, while Japan reached the stage after beating Saudi Arabia 1-0 one day later.