Vietnam exit U23 Asian Cup following defeat to Iraq in quarterfinals

By Hoang Nguyen       APR. 27, 2024

Vietnam were eliminated from the 2024 U23 Asian Cup and ended their Olympics dream after losing 0-1 to Iraq in a quarterfinal where they conceded a penalty and got a red card.

  • 90'+16
    Game over

    Vietnam exit the 2024 U23 Asian Cup from the quarterfinals with a 0-1 defeat to Iraq and waved goodbye to Olympic qualification.

  • 90'+11
    No second penalty for Iraq

    Keeper Van Chuan made a great save but there was nothing they could do about the follow-up, as he fouled an Iraq player, stopping him from getting a tap-in. The referee didn't hesitate to give Iraq another penalty but after listening to the VAR room, he decided that it was offside.

  • 90'+10

    Vietnam keeper Chuan blocks another shot from Iraq.

  • 90'+7

    Vietnam finally got a shot but it was not a dangerous attempt from Nguyen Ngoc Thang.

  • 90'+1
    Red card for Vietnam

    The referee decided to check VAR for a possible red card for Vietnam's Nguyen Manh Hung after he stepped on the shin of Ali Jasim and his decision was red. Vietnam are down to 10 men with nine minutes to go and they also need an equalizer.

  • 90'

    The second half has 10 additional minutes.

  • 88'

    Iraq still played confidently despite VIetnam's pressure. Their great stamina and physique allowed them to maintain the tempo and press back on Vietnam.

  • 87'

    Iraq strengthened their defense with a substitution.

  • 84'

    Vietnam made another two changes with Nguyen Van Tung and Bui Vi Hao out for Nguyen Minh Quang and Vo Nguyen Hoang.

  • 83'

    Keeper Chuan blocked another header from Iraq.

Vietnam have to beat Iraq if they want to keep their Olympic qualification hope alive. The same goes for Iraq, who topped group C despite losing 0-2 to Thailand in the opening game, but later beat Tajikistan and Saudi Arabia.

In group D, Vietnam placed second after defeating Kuwait and Malaysia but lost to Uzbekistan.

Six years ago, Vietnam also faced Iraq in the quarterfinals of the 2018 U23 Asian Cup, where they won on penalties to move on.

Both teams will have the strongest squad for this clash.

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