Le Cong Vinh (L) during the Asian Cup opener between Vietnam and UAE on July 8, 2007. Photo courtesy of the Asian Football Confederation.
Le Cong Vinh’s goal in the 2007 Asian Cup made it past the round of 16 in the Asian Cup Greatest Goals Bracket Challenge.
It beat Philippine midfielder Stephan Schrock’s goal at the event after three days of voting, getting 11,343 votes or 86 percent of the total.
On July 8, 2007, in the tournament opener against the UAE, Vinh beat the offside trap and delicately lobbed the keeper to score the second goal for Vietnam and secure a 2-0 victory.
Schrock’s goal in a group stage match against Kyrgyzstan was also a stunner, a free-kick from 37 meters out into the net.
In the quarterfinals, Vinh will go up against the winner of the matchup between former Uzbek forward Alexander Geynrikh and South Korean midfielder Kim Jung-woo. The voting for this ends on September 2.
Asian Cup Greatest Goals Bracket Challenge is an online event organized by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) as a build-up to the 2023 Asian Cup in China.
It chose 32 iconic goals from Asian Cup history and paired them for fans to vote to find the greatest goal ever.
Vinh was a Vietnamese and Southeast Asian legend. He won the 2008 AFF Cup with Vietnam and reached the quarterfinals of the 2007 Asian Cup with the Golden Dragons.
With 51goals from 83 games, he is the top scorer of all time for Vietnam.