AFC U23 Championship: Vietnam draw against UAE

By Hoang Nguyen       JAN. 10, 2020

Vietnam's first match at the 2020 AFC U23 Championship, against UAE, ended goalless Friday despite many dangerous shots from both sides.

  • 90'+5
    Time's up

    The first game of group D ends 0-0. This is an acceptable result for Vietnam because UAE is considered the stronger team.

  • 90'+1

    Nader Elsharif gets a yellow for fouling Nguyen Quang Hai.

  • 90'

    The match has five additional minutes.

  • 88'

    Final substitution for Vietnam. Truong Van Thai Quy replaces Nguyen Tien Linh.

  • 86'

    Nguyen Quang Hai produces a moment of excellence when he breaks through the defense of UAE and passes the ball to Nguyen Tien Linh as he turns 180 degree to get a quick finish but the UAE goalkeeper stays alert.

  • 83'

    Ali Saleh receives a yellow for fouling Le Ngoc Bao.

  • 78'

    Majid Salim gets a yellow after tackling on Ha Duc Chinh.

  • 73'

    UAE sub Al Ghassani out for Al Baloushi.

  • 67'

    Nguyen Duc Chien, who also received a yellow card, is subbed out for Nguyen Trong Hung.

  • 63'

    Nguyen Thanh Chung gets a dangerous header but still no goal for Vietnam.

Entering this year's tournament as the runners up of the previous edition, Vietnam's goal is at least repeat the feat that they achieved in 2018 to get a ticket to Olympic Tokyo 2020.

They start the journey by a game against UAE, who is considered the strongest team in group D.

Vietnam and UAE are no strangers, having clashed thrice in the past two years. At Asian Games 2018, UAE beat Vietnam in the third-place play-off after a penalty shootout. The teams played a friendly in October that ended 1-1. On November 14, they went head to head in a World Cup 2022 qualification game at My Dinh National Stadium that Vietnam won 1-0 thanks to the only goal by Nguyen Tien Linh.

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