Vietnam exit Asian Games football after 1-3 defeat to Saudi Arabia

By Hoang Nguyen       SEP. 24, 2023

Vietnam lost 1-3 to Saudi Arabia in the last round of Asian Games men’s football group stage and exited the tournament early.

  • 90'+4
    Vietnam got one back but it's game over

    Mohammed Maran scored an own goal from a header but that was too late as the referee blew the final whistle after this play. Vietnam exited the Asian Games men's football from the group stage.

  • 90'

    Saudi Arabia got the third goal with Zakaria Hawsawi's finish from the left flank. Four minutes will be added to the second half but it's basically over for Vietnam.

  • 87'
    2-0 for Saudi Arabia

    After a series of team play, the ball found Mohammed Maran, who chipped it over keeper Chuan to double the lead for Saudi Arabia.

  • 84'

    Mohammed Maran had a great chance to double the lead for Saudi Arabia with his close-range finish but keeper Chuan made a another great save.

  • 80'

    In the other game, Vietnam's direct competition for the best third-placed team, Myanmar have level the score against India. if this is the final result, Vietnam will be eliminated. They will need to find the equalizer against Saudi Arabia or hope that India will score another goal against Myanmar.

  • 70'

    The substitutions helped Vietnam play better in their attacks, but no real chance was created.

  • 66'

    Saudi Arabia made two substitutions.

  • 61'
    Zakaria Hawsawi just had a very good chance, with a solo run and a strong finish but keeper Van Chuan excellently saved it.
  • 60'

    Vo Minh Trong (number 3) jumps to avoid a tackle by a Saudi Arabia player. Photo by VnExpress

  • 56'

    Another substitution for Vietnam. Khuat Van Khang is in for Nguyen Duc Viet.

After two rounds, Vietnam are having three points and Saudi Arabia four in group E.

With Iran already advanced to the next round, the game between Vietnam and Saudi Arabia will decide the next team into the next round.

Saudi Arabia will advance if they win or draw against Vietnam, while Vietnam must win to move on.

In case Vietnam lose, they will have to see the results of other groups to see if they can advance as one of the best third-placed teams.

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