Nation goes gaga as Vietnam enters Asian Cup quarters

By Staff reporters   January 20, 2019 | 09:52 pm GMT+7

The Vietnamese men’s football team repaid the faith of its fans, beating Jordan to enter the Asian Cup quarterfinals Sunday night.

Nation goes gaga as Vietnam enters Asian Cup quarters

In HCMC, the celebration takes place on the main streets like Dong Khoi, Ham Nghi, Ton Duc Thang. People hold banners, constantly honking and screaming. Many foreigners join the fun as well.

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Major streets in the downtown Hanoi were packed with fans. Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien sends his congratulations to the team along with awarding VND1 billion ($43,000) to them. He said the team fought with bravery and great fighting spirit. He also thanks head coach Park Hang-seo for taking Vietnam to a new height of the Asian football.

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In northern Hai Phong City, fans lit flares.

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In coastal city of Da Nang, people also joined the crazy football atmosphere with the nation.

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On Hoan Kiem Lake, the party started with usual scenes: red flags and horns.

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It's no exception on Hanoi's Tran Hung Dao Street, as it is overloaded with celebrating fans.

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Fans in southern Ba Ria-Vung Tau were as high-spirited as their brethren in other parts of the country.

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Hanoi's Hue Street stuck in traffic as people are flooding to the downtown for the celebration. Coach Park Hang-seo and the boys have done the nation proud.

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A roaring volcano of red erupted across the country again as Vietnam stayed alive and kicking in the Asian Cup, entering the quarter-finals with a hard fought victory over Jordan.

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A truck with Vietnam and South Korea flag ready to hit the street.

After entering the knockout stage with three good games but a low score in the group stage, Vietnam ended Jordan's dream run at the Asian Cup winning the penalty shootout 4-2 after scores were tied 1-1 post full time plus extra time.

Jordan, who had beaten defending champions Australia in the very first match, and topped their group without conceding a goal, met their match in Vietnam.

 
 
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