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Vietnam's dream run at Asian Cup ends after Japan loss

By Staff reporters       JAN. 24, 2019

Japan scored from a penalty while Vietnam failed to convert any of their chances into a goal.

  • 90'

    Game's over. The Asian Cup journey ends for Vietnam, as Japan advance.

  • 89'

    Nguyen Cong Phuong has a great chance to score but his shot goes over the bar.

  • 88'

    Japan have the second substitution. 

  • 77'

    Another save by Dang Van Lam as he sticks his foot out to block a shot from a Japan forward.

  • 75'

    Vietnam have the third substitution of the game, Luong Xuan Truong replaces Phan Van Duc.

  • 73'

    Nguyen Phong Hong Duy takes a long shot but the ball stays out.

  • 71'

    Japan have the first substitution.

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    Dang Van Lam saves a ball. Photo by VnExpress/Duc Dong

  • 67'

    Dang Van Lam saves another shot from Japan.

  • 65'

    Japan gets a header but the ball goes over the bar.

Two Vietnamese players get ready for the game. Photo by VnExpress/Duc Dong

Two Vietnamese players get ready for the game. Photo by VnExpress/Duc Dong

Key striker Nguyen Cong Phuong practices a kick before the game. Photo by VnExpress/Duc Dong

Key striker Nguyen Cong Phuong practices a kick before the game. Photo by VnExpress/Duc Dong

Vietnam are entering the Asian Cup quarterfinals for the first time since 2007 and the excitement is high across the football-crazy nation. A thousand Vietnamese fans will be cheering for the team at the Al Maktoum Stadium in Dubai as the game starts at 8 p.m. (Hanoi time).

Japan said they've come to UAE for the championship, and Vietnam are aware that they will enter a tough game. Vietnam's head coach Park Hang-seo said "the players will fight with all their strength."

Japanese fans show off their national flag on the stadium. Photo by VnExpress/Doan Loan

Japanese fans show off their national flag on the stadium. Photo by VnExpress/Doan Loan

A Vietnamese fan raises the Japan vs. Vietnam banner on the stadium. Photo by VnExpress/Duc Dong

A Vietnamese fan raises the Japan vs. Vietnam banner on the stadium. Photo by VnExpress/Duc Dong

Vietnamese fans display a giant national flag on the stadium. Photo by VnExpress/Duc Dong

Vietnamese fans display a giant national flag on the stadium. Photo by VnExpress/Duc Dong

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