U16 to face Iran for ticket to World Cup hinh anh 1Vietnam advanced to the knock-out stage for the first time (Photo: news.zing.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) - U16 Vietnam on September 22 advanced to the knock-out stage as the sole representative of the South East Asia region in the Asian Football Confederation U16 Championship 2016 in India after a convincing 3-1 victory over Kyrgyzstan. 

Vietnam only needed a draw to secure their second place in Group B after their impressive comeback in a previous match against Australia on September 19. 

With six points after three games, and as runner-up of Group B, the team are to play Iran, the leader of Group A, at 5.50pm (Vietnam time) on September 25. 

Not only getting through to the knock-out stage of this year’s tournament, Vietnam are also just one game away from making history with the country’s first ever appearance in a football world cup event. Winning against Iran in the quarter-final game will also secure Vietnam a ticket to next year’s U17 World Cup as one of Asia’s four representatives. 

Meanwhile, the Vietnam U19 team suffered defeat by Australia on its home turf during the ASEAN Football Federation Vietcombank U19 Youth Championship in Hanoi. 

Vietnam are to play Timor-Leste for third-place while Australia will play Thailand, a foe that managed to beat them 5-1 during the group stage, for the title.-VNA