Vietnam U23 team greeted with thunderous applause

VOV.VN - Becoming the runner-up at the Asian Football Confederation U23 Championship in China, players of the Vietnam U23 team are seen as the champions in the hearts of millions of Vietnamese fans.

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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc had a meeting with the coach and players of  the Vietnam U23s at the government office right after their return to Hanoi on January 28.

The same day, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism organized a gala to honor the whole team for their sustained efforts to aflutter millions of hearts.

After the final between Vietnam and Uzbekistan, Vietnamese fans took streets to congratulate the Vietnamese team bringing a major festival of red flags with yellow stars. The Vietnam U23 team was also presented with the Fair Play Award. The team’s excellent performance at the tournament inspired millions of Vietnamese fans.

“As a football fan, I think the players are great heroes as they show their patriotism. They played with their utmost and they did miracles.”

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“Though they lost at the final, the Vietnam U23 team are the champions in the hearts of Vietnamese fans.”

“I hope that the players will bring into play their advantages in the coming games”.

According to the fans, Vietnam U23 had a brave game and was only defeated in the last minute of the final.

“Vietnam played excellently during the 120-minute game. We lost in the last minute. But the U23 team won Vietnamese people’s hearts. They brought faith to 90 million Vietnamese people.”

“I closely watched the game. felt a little pity in the last minute. But it's no problem. Our Vietnamese players played excellently. They are the champions in our hearts.”

Overseas Vietnamese are celebrating the victory of the Vietnamese team. Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Ngo Duc Manh extolled the players’ spirit and their achievements at the tournament.

 “We are very proud of the Vietnam U23 team. They are the brave soldiers. They bravely played in a severe weather. This is the very first time that we have had to play in such a hard weather. Their victory is the success of the Vietnamese football. On behalf of the Vietnamese Embassy in Russia, we congratulate the Vietnam U23 team,”

Vietnamese people around the world are also celebrating the victory of Vietnam’s U23 players. 

Some photos of the Vietnam U23 team upon their return to the home country after their outstanding performance at the AFC U23 Championship in China:

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Captain Luong Xuan Truong
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 Midfielder Duc Huy
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Midfielder Quang Hai
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Midfielder Dinh Trong
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Defender Van Thanh
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Midfielder Duy Manh

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Goalkeeper Bui Tien Dung
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