PM congratulates footballers for entering ASIAD semifinals hinh anh 1The Vietnamese squad faced Syria in the quarterfinal of ASIAD 2018 on August 27 (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Right after the Vietnamese Olympic football squad won a ticket to the semifinals of the ongoing Asian Games (ASIAD) 2018 on August 27, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc sent his warm congratulations to them.

The Government leader praised head coach Park Hang-seo, other coaches and all the players for making history by advancing to the group of the best four of the continent for the first time.

In the quarter-final with Syria at ASIAD 2018 in Indonesia on August 27, Van Toan scored the only goal in the 108th minute, helping Vietnam advance to the semifinals.

Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien and the radio The Voice of Vietnam have decided to give the team rewards worth 1 billion VND (nearly 43,200 USD) in total.

[Photos: Vietnam enters ASIAD football semifinals for first time]

Also on August 27, Bui Thi Thu Thao bagged the second gold medal for the country at ASIAD 2018 in the women’s long jump with 6.55 metres. She will also receive rewards totaling 450 million VND (over 19,400 USD) from the minister, the Vietnamese sports delegation and Radio the Voice of Vietnam.

Earlier, the female rowing team secured the first gold medal after finishing the women’s lightweight quadruple sculls event in 7 minutes and 01.11 seconds.-VNA