11:19 | 24/10/2016 Society
A splendid goal from Tran Thanh was enough to give Vietnam a historic 1-0 win over hosts Bahrain in their AFC U-19 Championship Bahrain 2016 quarter-final encounter on Sunday.
Vietnam U19 players celebrate the goal
The Vietnam striker’s instinctive chip over goalkeeper Yusif Habib in the 2nd half sealed a first-ever semi-final berth for his country, as they also qualified for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 for the first time in their history.
Vietnam were ahead thanks to a well-taken set piece. In the 72nd minute, along free kick into the box was met on the volley by Ho Minh Di but although it was initially off target, Tran Tranh redirected it over the goalkeeper and into goal with a delicate first-time chip.
The stadium was stunned into silence as the Vietnamese bench celebrated wildly but the majority home crowd showed great sportsmanship by warmly applauding the brilliant goal soon after.
Bahrain were soon back into the attack but although the crowd was brought to their feet on several occasions as they came close, they were unable to find the elusive equaliser as Vietnam’s defence held firm./.
Source: the afc