Japan through to semis after seeing off valiant Vietnam

Vietnam - Japan live online: Asian Cup 2019 quarter final



Ritsu Doan's VAR reviewed penalty was enough to send the Blue Samurai into the last four at the 2019 Asian Cup despite the heroics of Vietnam keeper Van Lam.

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Vietnam - Japan live online: as it happened

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90'+4' All over, Japan head to the semi-final after overcoming a valiant Vietnam. Solid performance from Samurai Blue but take nothing away from the Golden Dragons who have been one of the great stories of this 2019 Asian Cup.      

90'+3'   Ball is loose in the Japan box but no red clad player able to latch onto it .... final minutes here in Dubai. Iran-China await Japan in the semi final as Vietnam break again but sub Nguyen just unable to control the ball.   

90'+2'   Faces of resignation from the Vietnam fans, who have been a credit to their side with non-stop noise during the 90'. 

90'+2'   Japan have been the better side but every credit must go to Vietnam who really took the game to Japan especially in the first 45'.      

90'   What time will we have added on ...4-5 would be appropriate ... Four it is !

Tsukasa Shiotani on / Minamino off

89'   Nguyen strikes for Vietnam but drives over. Poor from the No. 10!  

87'   Under pressure Tomiyasu scrambles clear for a corner for Vietnam... Delivery cleared by the men in blue. Japan sitting deep now ... 

84'   Changing moment of the game...Japan's Ritsu Doan is fouled by Vietnam's Tien Dung Bui resulting in a penalty being awarded to Japan

83'   Vietnam throwing everything at the game but just lack the finesse to create a serious threat.  


81'   We're in the final 10...Can Vietnam find that goal ? 


Inui on for  Haraguchi (Japan)

77'   Van Lam saves Vietnam again as Minamino strikes. What a player the 25-year-old is !

76'   As we stand it'll be Japan who face the winners of China-Iran in the first semi-final of the 2019 Asian Cup

Van Duc off and Loung on as Vietnam make the last change of the half

72'   Best chance of the half for Vietnam as Hồng Duy has a go from long range but watches the ball go inches wide. Tiredness kicking in for both sides now with the tempo dropping as the game progresses.

Change for Japan: No. 15 Osako on and Kitagawa the player who leaves the pitch

70'   20' to go in Dubai ...can Vietnam find the form from the first half and cause a surprise against the four times winners ? 

68'   Van Duc has a go and the ball takes a touch so Vietnam earn a corner...The fans in red find their voice again as the clock ticks down for the Golden Dragons.  

66'   Kitagawa tries a diving header but drives the ball over. Vietnam have yet to mount a serious chellenge this half on the Japan goal and one feels that it's only a question of time before Japan double their lead. Haraguchi strikes but straight at the keeper. 



64'   Vietnam's second half summed up by one photo 

Nguyễn Phong Hồng Duy on for Vietnam as Nguyễn Trọng Hoàng makes way

Possession: Vietnam 28-72 Japan (%)

61'   Vietnam set to make another change as they look jaded in this second half with Japan totally dominant now. Lacking the pace and precision that we enjoyed in the first 45'

59'   Vietnam have been behind in every game so far in the tournament so no new ground for the Dragons as Doan is booked for Vietnam.


A valiant effort from the Vietnam keeper with Doan's penalty not the best. Vietnam will now need to modify their game-plan and start to press more...

Vietnam 0-1 Japan

Goal. Doan puts Japan ahead!

56' Japan penalty... Doan takes and scores... Goal for Japan 

VAR awards a penalty for Japan as Dung is carded for the foul.. Can Van Lam save the Dragons ? 

We're having a penalty review via VAR... possible spot kick for Japan ...

change for Vietnam: Ngyyen off - Văn Toàn on

54'   Van Lam really is a fine keeper !

51'   Change imminent for Vietnam as Endo fires on target forcing the Vietnam keeper to push away. How long can the Golden Dragons hold off this intense pressure ?

50'   Positive first 5' from Japan as Vietnam have yet to make it into the opposing half. Ball bounces around dangerously in the Vietnam box as Japan start to turn the screw.  

49'   "Viet-nam, Viet-nam" chants ring out again from the red clad Golden Dragons fans 

47'   Japan with the bulk of the ball in the opening stage of this 2nd half.

We're back in action in Dubai.... Who can find the breakthrough ?

Vietnam fans spell it out (albeit with the N the wrong way around!)

The Samurai Blue XI  

The Vietnam side ahead of the quarter final: 

Enthralling 45' of football in Dubai. Japan looking the stronger but Vietnam not to be underestimated on the break with Van Duc looking the most dangerous player on the pitch. 

Half Time: Vietnam 0-0 Japan

45'   2' of time to be added.

44'   Great save as Minamino forces an excellent save from the Vietnam stopper. What a reflex stop from Van Lam ! Stop of the competion (possibly) 

44'   Entertaining half here in Dubai with both sides committed to moving the ball around on the floor.  

42'   Japan press with Doan clearing for a corner ...the ball falls to Haraguchi who dinks the ball but the effort is overstruck and goes wide

41'   Dangerous feree as Sakai is impeded bu Hai. Gaku to take .... no leaves it for Doan as the Vietnam keeper punches clear    

 Vietnam coach Park Hang-seo

38'   Vietnam apply some pressure as the keeper is the hero for Japan saving on two counts as Van Duc leaves the ball for Quang Hải. Great chance for the Golden Dragons to open the scoring  

37'   Vietnam strike as Van Duc fires on goal, difficult to get decent purchase for the striker but Vietnam look excellent as they move the ball about in attacking positions.

34'   Play held up as Quang Hải appears to have a back issue. Seems to be in a position to carry on. We're back underway .... Edging towards the interval with the ruled out goal the major incident in the first 45'

33'   Vietnam just unable to find the final ball to locate the speed of Van Duc

31'   No debate on social media about the VAR call.... Correct shout from the match official 

30'   Possession after 30': Vietnam 32-68 Japan (%)

29'   Japan go close as Takehiro Tomiyasu forces a fine save from the Vietnam keeper... Samurai Blue pushing now ...

27'   Vietnam have a man down as the ball hits Tiến Dũng in the face. The No. 4 seems to be okay to carry on.

A perfect example of VAR being well employed with the correct decision being made.

As we were: Vietnam 0-0 Japan

The first ever VAR decision at the Asian Cup !

The ref. now double checks with VAR and the strike is ruled out for handball 

VAR being consulted ....

Gooooooooool Japan bundle the ball into the net. Maya Yoshida (captain) claiming the strike....  

23'   Nguyễn Huy Hùng slides and averts Japan danger earning a first corner for Samurai Blue .... 

21'   A pattern now clearly established here in Dubai. Vietnam happy to let Japan retain possession and look to strike quickly on the counter. Very evenly balanced contest so far at the Al Maktoun stadium.   

18'   Free for Japan after an off the ball collision. 2 in the Vietnam wall.... Gaku floats the ball in but the flick-on is overstruck and out for a Vietnam goal kick. Neither keeper has been called into action so far as we edge towards the 20' mark.

Possession stats after 15': Vietnam 43-57 Japan (%)

15'   No lack of confidence from Vietnam as Công Phượng eager to take on as many blue shirts as possible. Japan sitting high and Vietnam do look sharp on the break.

13' Công Phượng has a go from far range but fails to get accuracy and power on the effort. 

Only a handful of the Japan players are with domestic J-League clubs with the bulk of the big name players at European leagues 

10'   Japan slowly easing their way into the game now after the initial burst from the men in red. 

8'   All the Vietnam players (barring keeper) Van Lam player their football in the domestic league. How long will that be the case with plenty of talented individuals in the Golden Dragons side. 

The ever present "Ultra Nippon" banner at the Al Maktoum stadium tonight



4'   Phan Văn Đức wins another corner.... "Viet-nam ...Viet-nam" chants ring out from fans decked in red.... Positive start from the Golden Dragons. 

4'   Incredible noise level as Vietnam attack with the men in red winning an early corner.

2'   The stands have filled up a little, but far from a sell-out here at the Al Maktoum stadium in Dubai

As mentioned and as was rumoured Inui  is moving to Alaves. Confirmation from the Basque side:  

Countdown is on.... off we go in Dubai...Japan start the show

We here at AS English have a very soft spot for the Japan shirt ! Pure cream : )

We now have VAR at this stage of the tournament so expect video consultation during the 90 minutes.

As is the case pre Asian Cup 2019 game, it's Coldplay on the PA system. Very, very sparse crowd .... Japan in all blue...Vietnam in red.    

The other LaLiga star Gaku does start for Samurai Blue today as his club side face Valencia in the Copa del Rey quarter final, securing a 1-0 first leg win on Tuesday night. 

No place today for Betis player Inui in the Japan XI. The former Eibar star has been linked to a loan move to Alaves in the current transfer window.

Japan are four-times winners of the Asian Cup (1992, 2000, 2004 and 2011).

A quarter final placing in 2007 was the best Vietnam's outing at the Asian Cup. This side are already being heralded as heroes in their homeland and reaching the semi-final of the competition would lead to hysteria from the passionate Golden Dragon fans.  

Japan's head coach Hajime Moriyasu will be hoping for a solid performamnce from his men today with expectation high in Japan  

A sparse crowd al the Al Maktoum it would appear from this latest shot 

Plenty of Vietnam fans in the Al Maktoum Stadium today too to cheer on the Golden Dragons

Japan fans in Dubai to cheer on Hajime Moriyasu's boys 

The winners of today's match will be pitted against the victors of the other quarter final incolving Iran and China which will be played later this evening in Abu Dhabi.   

Vietnam's coach Hang-Seo Park hoping to pull off a shock today in Dubai. 

Both sides have come face to face only once at a previous Asian Cup and that was back in 2007 when Samurai Blue fought back to claim a 4-1 win after going behind. 

The Dubai stadium holds 15,000 spectators 

The scene at the Al Maktoum Stadium recently  
The Japan XI: 

Vietnam are the very much the outsider in the last eight of the 2019 Asian Cup. A tournament win for the Golden Dragons currently paying out at 101/1. 

The Vietnam XI is out: 

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the first Asian Cup 2019 quarter final as Vietnam face Japan. The action in Dubai gets underway at 1400 CET/1700 UAE.