Vietnam lost to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) 1-2 in their last group game on January 16, thus out of the ongoing 2020 AFC U23 Championship.
Team captains of Vietnam Nguyen Quang Hai (in red) and the DPRK Ri Chung-gyu vie for the ball
Vietnam took the lead in the 17th minute asNguyen Tien Linh tapped in a cross from Ho Tan Tai.
Although the DPRK was already out of therace after two consecutive losses, they still showed determination and levelledten minutes later with a free kick by Kang Kuk-chol.
Entering the second half, Vietnam steppedup the game but their attackers missed various chances to score.
At the stroke of match’s end, Ri Chung-gyuconverted a penalty into a goal for the DPRK while Vietnamese defender TranDinh Trong was sent off in injury time after receiving the second yellow cardon the day.
In other fixture, the United Arab Emirates(UAE) and Jordan had a 1-1 draw. With this result, the teams topped the groupwith five points and qualified for the knockout stages.
Vietnam were eliminated from thecontinental tourney after two draws and one defeat./. VNA