2018 runners-up Vietnam are taking on United Arab Emirates (UAE) in their opening match of the 2020 AFC U23 Championship at the Buriram Stadium in Thailand on Friday.
Hosts Thailand, Bahrain, Australia and Iraq make up Group A of the tournament while 2018 AFC U23 Championship finalists Vietnam are in Group D with DPR Korea, Jordan and United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Group B of the continental competition consists of Qatar, Japan, Saudi Arabia and Syria while Group C features defending champions Uzbekistan, Korea Republic, China PR and IR Iran.
Top two teams from each group will progress to the knockout stages of the fourth edition of the continental tournament.The semifinals will be played on January 22 while the final will take place at the Rajamangala National Stadium in Bangkok on January 26.
Uzbekistan are the defending champions of the continental competition having defeated ASEAN side Vietnam 2-1 in extra time during the final of the 2018 edition held in China. Iraq and Japan have also won the previous editions of the tournament which began in 2013.
Vietnam vs UAE in Group C of the 2020 AFC U23 Championship will kick off at 6.15 PM HKT. You can follow all the LIVE updates from this AFC U23 Championship match via our Matchday Blog right here!
Hello and welcome to the LIVE coverage of the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020. We have 2018 finalists Vietnam taking on UAE in their opening match of the competition and the kick off is at 6.15 PM HKT.
Vietnam Starting 11: Bui Tien Dung (Goalkeeper), Do Thanh Thinh, Huynh Tan Sinh, Nguyen Duc Chien, Le Ngoc Bao, Ha Duc Chinh, Nguyen Hoang Duc, Nguyen Thanh Chung, Nguyen Quang Hai, Bui Hoang Viet Anh, Nguyen Tien Linh
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UAE Starting 11: Mohamed Al Shamsi (Goalkeeper), Mohammed Shaker, Khalifa Al Hammadi, Majid Surour, Zayed Al Ameri, Ali Saleh, Jassim Yaqoob, Abdalla Ramadan, Yahia Nader, Majid Al Mehrzi, Saeed Suwaidan
The players are making their way into the centre of the Chang Arena in Buriram. Vietnam are in their trademark all-red kit while UAE are ‘All Whites’ for this Group C opener of the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020.