Although Vietnam lost 1-2 to Uzbekistan in the last minutes of the final at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U23 Championship in Changzhou, China, what they did during the tournament won the hearts of football fans and earned praise from foreign media.
Fox Sports Asia described efforts of the Vietnamese team in the final as the victory of bravery.VNA
The sports website together with many other international media gave positive comments that Vietnamese and ASEAN footballs are able to join bigger tournaments.
Impressed by U23 Vietnam’s performance in the match with Uzbekistan, Fox Sport reporter John Duerden said that regardless of the outcome, the team was successful and 2018 will be a big year for ASEAN football.
On its homepage, the AFC highlighted that the Vietnamese footballers have lighted up the dream of tens of millions of Vietnamese fans and written a new page in the history of Vietnamese football.
Besides the runner-up title, the team won “Fair Play” prize