Vietnam’s midfielder wins best goal in AFC champs

Vietnamese midfielder Nguyễn Quang Hải’s goal against Uzbekistan in the final of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U23 Championship was voted the best goal of the tournament by fans on the AFC website.

Voters could choose between 10 goals scored during the tournament which finished in China on January 27, with Việt Nam losing to Uzbekistan 2-1 after extra-time.

After four days, there were a total of 218,915 votes for the 10 goals, with Hải’s free kick against Uzbekistan receiving 139,704 votes, 64 per cent of the total votes.

Hải’s strike from distance against Qatar in the semi-final received 53,970 votes, accounting for 25 per cent to rank second.

Twenty-year-old Hải has been hailed as the hero of the Vietnamese team at the AFC event. He scored five goals, only behind Almoez Ali of Qatar, who scored six.

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