“The hottest prospect in Southeast Asian football at the moment, Nguyen Quang Hai did not disappoint on his Asian Cup debut as Vietnam bravely battled Iraq before succumbing to a 3-2 defeat following a brilliant 90th-minute free kick from Ali Adnan,” it said.

Player Nguyen Quang Hai. Photo: dangcongsan.vn

“Quang Hai was heavily involved in the build-up for both goals the Golden Dragons scored, and came close to netting one of his own with a trademark curling effort from the edge of the area,” it added.

Vietnam still have hopes of reaching the round of 16 and in 21-year-old Quang Hai they have a player capable of leading the way, according to Fox Sports Asia.

Apart from Quang Hai, another player from Southeast Asia – Javier Patino (the Philippines) - was selected by the football website thanks to his impressive performance against the Republic of Korea.

Source: VNA