01/26/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 01/25/2018 22:53
Tien Dung was one of Vietnam's standout performers during their dramatic semi-final win over Qatar, with the custodian stopping efforts from Ahmad Moein and Sultan Al Brake to help seal a 4-3 penalty shootout win after 120 minutes of enthralling football had produced a 2-2 draw.
With the Uzbekistan showdown looming large, Tien Dung is adamant that Vietnam will give their all against opponents they faced as recently as December.
'We played against Uzbekistan in a friendly tournament in Thailand, and I think they are a strong team,' he said.
'For them to reach the final means that they are a very good side.
'But we have also reached the final, and we are now ready to give 100 percent.'
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Vietnam's success at the AFC U23 Championship has produced an outpouring of emotion across the Southeast Asian, support which Tien Dung is extremely grateful for.
'After the (Qatar) game, we returned back to the hotel to watch the match again. I then saw all the celebrations on social media.
'I couldn't believe that we could bring that much happiness to our supporters. I just want to say 'thank you' to the whole of Vietnam.'
Tien Dung's sentiments were endorsed by midfielder Nguyen Cong Phuong, who added: 'After our semi-final match against Qatar, many people went out to the streets to celebrate our win.
'I'd like to say 'thank you' to our Vietnamese supporters, and I want to ask my family and our Vietnamese supporters to keep believing in us.
'We will try our best to make history for Vietnamese football.'