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Vietnamese midfielder wins Best Goal Award at Asian Cup

Vietnamese midfielder Nguyen Quang Hai’s left-footed free-kick effort against Yemen has been named the Best Goal at the 2019 Asian Cup.

More than 100,000 people voted for Hai’s super strike putting him clear winner with almost half of all the votes compared to the other nine goals.

His goal opened the scoring in Vietnam’s 2-0 win over Yemen in the Group D’s third match at the tournament in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Hai’s effort beat Wu Lei (China) who finished second and Mohanad Ali (Iraq) who came in third.

The 2019 Asian Cup finals wrapped up on February 1 with the first-ever title for Qatar and a total of 130 goals scored over 51 matches or an average of 2.54 goals per match.

The three-day poll on the AFC’s website for the best goal of the tournament concluded on February 6.

Hai’s amazing goal was of great significance as it helped Park Hang-seo’s side go through to the knock-out stages as one of the four best third-placed teams.

Earlier, Hai and his team mate Doan Van Hau were named among the most outstanding players who are 21 years of age and below at the ongoing Asian Cup 2019 by Fox Sports.

Calling the Vietnamese midfielder “the Vietnamese Messi”, Fox Sports Asia said what stands out the most about him is his ability to play wherever he is asked to.

Hai has been invited to train with La Liga club Deportivo Alaves this March in Spain.

The footballer will spend 10 days with the team and have a chance to watch a match with either FC Barcelona or Real Madrid.

Deportivo Alaves joined La Liga in 2016. They currently stand fifth in the table. They made a big impression on June 10 when they beat Real Madrid 1-0.

Hai’s teammates, defender Doan Van Hau or goalkeeper Bui Tien Dung is likely to join him in Spain.

After their success in recent tournaments, Hai, Hau and other Vietnamese players have received offers to play abroad. However some of them are not ready and others are struggling to secure their clubs’ permission.-VNA/VNP