South Korean referee officiates the match between U23 Vietnam and U23 Uzbekistan

In a pivotal match for U23 Vietnam at the AFC U23 Asian Cup 2024, the officiating will be led by South Korean referee Kim Woo Sung. The game against U23 Uzbekistan, set for 10:30 PM on April 23rd, is crucial for determining the final standings in Group D.

Referee Kim Woo Sung, born in 1987, has been officiating professional football matches in South Korea since 2014 and started handling continental matches by 2016. Remarkably, this will be the first time he oversees a match featuring a Vietnamese team, adding an element of unpredictability due to his unfamiliarity with the team.

Assisting him on the field will be fellow South Korean Bang Gi Yeol and Luo Zheng from China. The fourth official will be Abdulla Ali Al-Marri from Qatar, with Shen Yinhao from China managing the VAR responsibilities. This diverse team of officials from across Asia underscores the AFC’s commitment to maintaining high refereeing standards.

This match is not only a test of skill for the players but also a significant challenge for Kim Woo Sung, given the high stakes. U23 Vietnam has already secured a spot in the quarterfinals after two consecutive wins and will aim to maintain their perfect record. However, they must do so without attracting further sanctions, as several key players, including Manh Hung, Vo Nguyen Hoang, and Minh Quang, are on the verge of suspension. A yellow card in this match would rule them out of the quarterfinals, adding extra pressure on their performance.

The game promises intense competition, as U23 Uzbekistan also has strong motivations, potentially making this one of the more closely scrutinized matches of Kim Woo Sung’s career. The outcome could significantly impact the dynamics of the knockout stage, setting the tone for the rest of the tournament.

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