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South Korea beat Vietnam 3-1 in ASIAD semifinal
By Vu Duc
Wednesday,  Aug 29, 2018,18:51 (GMT+7)

South Korea beat Vietnam 3-1 in ASIAD semifinal

By Vu Duc

Vietnam’s Tran Minh Vuong celebrates his scoring in the ASIAD men’s football event in Indonesia yesterday – Photo: VNA

HCMC – Vietnam’s U23 team were defeated 3-1 by South Korea in the first semifinal of men’s football in the ongoing Asian Games 2018 (ASIAD) in Indonesia yesterday, ending their dream of securing a first ticket in the final.

The Vietnamese boys were seen as the underdogs in the clash with the defending champions Korea in the men’s football event, according to Park Hang-seo, coach of the Vietnam side. The Korean coach said before the game that he believed their players would try their best in the encounter with Korea though he knew Korean soccer extremely well.

South Korea coach Kim Hak-bom believed his boys could secure a victory to qualify for the final. If Korea's team is to reach the final of the Asian Games and win an exemption from military service for its players, then it would have to get past Vietnam.

The South Korean government will give winners of Asian Games gold medals and Olympic medals of any kind an exemption from the compulsory 21-month military service. Failure to win a gold medal in Indonesia means that Tottenham forward Son Heung-min will have to return to South Korea within the next two years to perform his national duty.

The two sides started the game quickly, the Korean side placed pressure on their opponents from the beginning, Korea had better scoring opportunities in the first minutes and Lee Seung-woo opened the score just seven minutes into the game.   

The defending champions continuously controlled the game and Hwang Ui-jo made it 2-0 in the 28th minute, before Lee Seung-woo scored his second goal in the 54th minute.

The Vietnamese side put more pressure on the Korean defense line and Tran Minh Vuong finalized the score at 3-1 with a wonderful free kick in the 70th minute.

The Vietnamese side were competing for the final ticket with Korea after they defeated Syria 1-0 in their quarterfinal on Monday.

Vietnam’s U23, long seen as underdogs, can hold their heads high despite failure to grasp ASIAD’s final ticket. Under the Park Hang-seo’s reign, Vietnam performed better as they secured all five victories to reach the semifinal and conceded no single goal.

The gold and bronze medal matches will be played on September 1.

The 2018 Asian Games, also known as the 18th ASIAD, are held from August 18 to September 2 in the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang as a multi-sport event which takes place every four years in Asia.

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