Vietnam get precious draw against South Korea in U23 Asian Cup

By Hoang Nguyen    JUN. 5, 2022

Despite conceding first, Vietnam fought hard to equalize and shared the points with South Korea in U23 Asian Cup on Sunday night.

With a strong attacking power, it didn’t take long for South Korea to dominate the game right from the start. They had a good chance to score early when Lee Jin-yong’s shot hit the post eight minutes into the game.

Vietnam players were forced to allocate more players for defense and instead of passing in short distance, long balls were used to escape the pressure from South Korea players.

The hero of Vietnam in the first half was keeper Quan Van Chuan, who made multiple great saves and denied all chances of South Korea. The first half ended goalless.

South Korea continued to push forward in the second half, but Vietnam stood still. They even had a chance to score in the 51st minute when Nham Manh Dung’s header went off target. 12 minutes later, South Korea broke the tie with a goal by Cho Young-wook, who turned and finished cleanly into the far corner.

When Vietnam were in a tough situation, advantage came to them. In the 77th minute, Jin-yong received the second yellow card for reacting to the referee and South Korea were down to 10 men.

Vietnam made the most out of this opportunity when six minutes later, Vu Tien Long with a thunderous strike leveled the score.

In the fourth minute of added time, Vietnam would have scored another if Nguyen Van Tung’s tap-in hadn't gone over the bar.

However, a draw is considered a success for Vietnam against the defending champions South Korea.

Vietnam will play Malaysia on Wednesday.

U23 Asian Cup: Vietnam 1-1 South Korea

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