Sunday, 24 Jun 2018
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Vietnamese football fans celebrate U23 team's victory at AFC Championship
Updated at Wednesday, 24 Jan 2018, 14:42
Vietnamese football fans in Hanoi celebrating as the Vietnamese team secures a berth in the final of the AFC U23 Championship after beating Qatar.
With the 4-3 shootout after a 2-2 draw, Vietnam become the first Southeast Asian team to reach the final of the competition. Millions of Vietnamese football fans poured into the streets to celebrate the victory.
Millions of Vietnamese fans have gathered at Hanoi to cheer on their national team in the semifinal of the U23 Asian Cup semifinal against Qatar. The fans put on red shirts with yellow stars, and many have brought drums and horns to support the team.
Like other localities across the whole country, the Hanoi’s major streets, including Dinh Tien Hoang, Hue, Xa Dan and Le Duan, were crowded with local fans waving the Vietnamese flag to celebrate the Vietnamese team’s historic win.
The Old Quarter in Hanoi is filled with the wild Vietnamese fans. Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc personally called the U23 team to congratulate them on their semifinal victory. He said the victory was a meaningful event, making the country and people very proud.
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and many companies have announced large bonuses in cash for the young squad. National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines has announced two flights to bring Vietnamese supporters to China for the final. Two relatives of each Vietnamese player will be given all expense including plane tickets, apartments and meals in China to encourage their sons in the final match.

 
Group hugs among strangers, excitement, even tear bursts are captured among Hanoi fans as the Vietnamese team secures a berth in the final of the AFC U23 Championship after beating Qatar.
Group hugs among strangers, excitement, even tear bursts are captured among Hanoi fans as the Vietnamese team secures a berth in the final of the AFC U23 Championship after beating Qatar.
Group hugs among strangers, excitement, even tear bursts are captured among Hanoi fans as the Vietnamese team secures a berth in the final of the AFC U23 Championship after beating Qatar.
Group hugs among strangers, excitement, even tear bursts are captured among Hanoi fans as the Vietnamese team secures a berth in the final of the AFC U23 Championship after beating Qatar.
In the streets: Vietnamese supporters celebrate their U23 semi-final victory at the Asian Championship in China yesterday.
In the streets: Vietnamese supporters celebrate their U23 semi-final victory at the Asian Championship in China yesterday.
Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc square.
Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc square.
Football lovers exchanging their happy smiles and sharing joy with one another.
Football lovers exchanging their happy smiles and sharing joy with one another.
Dozens of revelers gathering in big crowds to celebrate Viet Nam’s historic win.
Dozens of revelers gathering in big crowds to celebrate Viet Nam’s historic win.
Hanoians waving the Vietnamese flag whilst immersing himself into the bustling and jubilant atmosphere.
Hanoians waving the Vietnamese flag whilst immersing himself into the bustling and jubilant atmosphere.
Fans with smiley faces waving the Vietnamese flag.
Fans with smiley faces waving the Vietnamese flag.
Huge numbers of revelers basking in the Vietnamese team’s dramatic victory on motorbikes, even on cars
Huge numbers of revelers basking in the Vietnamese team’s dramatic victory on motorbikes, even on cars
Hanoi fans bring pans and pots to the streets to celebrate during the night.
Hanoi fans bring pans and pots to the streets to celebrate during the night.
A large number of fans taking to many major streets to celebrate the victory
A large number of fans taking to many major streets to celebrate the victory.
Dinh Tien Hoang street, Hanoi.
Dinh Tien Hoang street, Hanoi.
Many downtown streets flooded with huge crowds of fans.
Many downtown streets flooded with huge crowds of fans.
Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc square.
Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc square.
Celebrating fans loudly chanting “Vietnam” with their deep pride in the talented Vietnamese players.
Celebrating fans loudly chanting “Vietnam” with their deep pride in the talented Vietnamese players.

 
Duc Anh
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