Football fans lined the streets on Sunday morning to welcome home their young heroes, forcing the PM to wait for five hours to see them.
Despite a heart-breaking last-minute defeat to Uzbekistan in the final of the AFC U23 Championship on Saturday, the Vietnamese team has returned home to a jubilant reception.
Hailed as national heroes, South Korean coach Park Hang-seo’s team made history at the tournament with thrilling victories over regional powerhouses Australia, Iraq and Qatar.
It was the first time a Vietnamese national team has made it to the final of a continental championship, attracting attention from global football fans.
Thousands of supporters flocked to the streets from Noi Bai Airport to the city center to greet the team bus.