The streets are exploding as football fans celebrate Vietnam’s historic win in the AFC U23 Championship semifinals.
In Saigon, thousands of fans have poured into the city center to celebrate the national team’s historic win in the AFC U23 Championship’s semifinal. All the main streets, from Nguyen Hue, Ham Nghi, Ton Duc Thang to Nguyen Thai Hoc, are full of supporters in red t-shirts waving national flags. “I’m so happy! Our class saw the match together and we burst into screams and tears when Van Thanh scored. Thanks to the players, thanks to the coach! Now we’ll head to celebrate,” Minh Nguyen, a student at Cao Thang college says as hundreds of students come to the Ho Chi Minh statue and sing the national anthem. Photo by Vnexpress/Duy Tran
Expect traffic jams on the main streets of Saigon. Photo by VnExpress
Saigon fans cheer as footballer Van Thanh makes the historic score, bringing the final victory to the U23 team. Photo by VnExpress/Nguyen Thanh
In Dong Nai Province in the Mekong Delta, hundreds have also come to Bien Hoa city center to celebrate the team’s victory. Traffic police have been on guard to guarantee safety. Photo by VnExpress/Phuoc Tuan
Da Nang fans cheer on. Photo by Vnexpress/Nguyen Dong
In Ca Mau, the main streets are also crowded. Photo by Vnexpress/Phuc Hung
Nha Trang football fans storm the main square to celebrate the victory. “I can’t describe this feeling”, says Ngoc, a father of two who has taken his children to the streets. Photo by VnExpress/Xuan Ngoc
In Hanoi, fans cheer on at Hang Day stadium as U23 Vietnam win 4-3 on the penalties against Qatar. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Thanh
The national flag is everywhere on the streets of Vietnamese cities. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Thanh
Hanoi fans bring pans and pots to the streets to celebrate during the night. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy
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. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy.
Meanwhile, deputy prime minister Vu Duc Dam joins the crowds by Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi. Photo by VnExpress/N.T.