Live from the stadium: 4,000 fans cheering on Vietnam in U23 Asian Cup semifinal

By Ngoc Thanh, Nguyen Hoa   January 23, 2018 | 05:29 pm GMT+7

Firecrackers, flags and fighting spirit have thousands on edge watching Vietnam's footbal team on the big screen. 

Thousands of Vietnamese fans have come to Hanois Hang Day Stadium to cheer for for the U23 Vietnam football team in the semifinal against Qatar. The program is organized by the northern fanclub VFF.

Thousands of Vietnamese fans have gathered at Hanoi's Hang Day Stadium to cheer on their national team in the semifinal of the U-23 Asian Cup semifinal against Qatar.

We have a day off today so we came to the stadium to support for the national team. We hope they will win!|, said Lan Huong, a student from Hanoi Medical College. 

"We've got the day off today so we've coime to the stadium to support the national team. We hope they will win!, said Lan Huong, a student from Hanoi Medical College.

The fans put on red shirts with yellow star, many brought drums and horns to show their support for the team. 

The fans put on red shirts with yellow stars, and many have brought drums and horns to support the team. 

A little fan girl spotted at the stadium

A young fan at the stadium

The event also attracted many tourists. 

The big match has also attracted many tourists. 

The entrance ticket is VND 20,000 ($1), and the fans are also provided with free drinks. 

The entrance fee is VND 20,000 ($1), and includes free drinks. 

The expected number of audience was 1,500 people but more than 4,000 showed up. 

The organizers expected 1,500 people to turn up, but more than 4,000 are shouting on their team. 

The fans came with great spirit for the team, many previously took to the streets to celebrate Vietnams victory against Iraq. 

Spirits are running high at the stadium, with many fans still riding on the euphoria of the penalty shootout win against Iraq. 

A fan showed concerns as Qatar hit the goal. 

Fans hold their faces after Qatar scored the first goal. 

The match appears to be very important for Vietnamese. Many took half a day off just to watch the game. 

The match has taken on national importance in Vietnam, with many people taking a half-day just to watch the game. 

The fans cheer when Vietnam hit a goal. 

Fans celebrate Vietnam's equalizer. 

 
 
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