Vietnam to play Thailand, South Korea in U23 Asian Cup

By Lam Thoa   February 17, 2022 | 04:08 am PT
Vietnam to play Thailand, South Korea in U23 Asian Cup
Vietnam players celebrate a goal in the U23 Asian Cup qualifiers against Thailand on March 23, 2019. Photo by VnExpress/Xuan Binh
A draw on Thursday placed Vietnam in group C of 2022 AFC U23 Asian Cup with Thailand, South Korea and Malaysia.

All three Southeast Asian teams are in group C with defending champions South Korea, who won the tournament in 2020.

2022 AFC U23 Asian Cup will take place from June 1 to 19 in Uzbekistan with the participation of 16 teams, divided into four groups. The top two teams of each group will advance to the quarterfinals.

Vietnam will play Thailand on June 2 before facing South Korea on the 5th, and Malaysia on the 8th.

In the 2020 tournament, U23 Vietnam exited the group stage early with two draws and one loss. The 2018 edition saw the team achieve their best result, finishing as runner-ups.

Coach Park Hang-seo won’t be coaching the team in this tournament. When Park extended his contract, he only sought to coach the U23 team until May 2022, when SEA Games 31 concludes. Later, the Vietnam Football Federation would seek another coach for AFC U23 Asian Cup, most probably a South Korean.

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