Vietnam's head coach believes team strong enough to overcome Asiad loss

Created 02 September 2018
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Despite the loss at the bronze medal match, Park Hang-seo believes Vietnamese football could advance further at the continental level.
Vietnams coach Park Hang-seo sits by himself on the bench after his team lost the Asiad bronze match to UAE on Saturday.

"The Vietnamese players today tried very hard, played their best and did not disappoint their fans. Unfortunately the result was not as expected," Vietnamese men's football coach Park Hang-seo said at the post-match press conference following the team's defeat to UAE at Asiad men's football bronze medal match on Saturday.

"I would like to thank the players and the fans. As the team's head coach, I will do my best at the coming competitions."

Having overcome the defeat to South Korea at the semifinal match on Wednesday, Vietnamese players entered the bronze medal match against UAE with the highest determination. Despite conceding the first goal following a defensive misplay at minute 17, Vietnam played well and equalized 10 minutes later thanks to a goal from the team's captain Nguyen Van Quyet.

During the second half, the Vietnamese team managed to create many chances but due to exhaustion from having to play multiple matches in just a few days, the players were unable to convert them into goals.

As the second half ended 1-1, , which saw a 3-4 defeat for Vietnam after Nguyen Quang Hai and Tran Minh Vuong missed their shots while UAE successfully converted all their penalties.

"I haven't talked to Hai and Vuong after the match. However I believe my players are mature and strong enough to overcome this difficult moment," Park said.

Despite losing at the bronze medal match, the Vietnamese football team still made history at this year's Asiad. The country had never managed to get past the round of 16 before.

"Although the team lost today, I believe this was a good competition for Vietnamese football and a good lesson for the players," Park said.

"I do not intend to change Asian football, but I believe Vietnamese football could rise to be among the top in the continent after the success at this Asiad. Together, we will work toward that goal."

Vietnams coach Park Hang-seo sits by himself on the bench after his team lost the Asiad bronze match to UAE on Saturday.

Vietnam's coach Park Hang-seo sits by himself on the bench after his team lost the Asiad bronze match to UAE on Saturday.

Park also asserted that the players in the current team would not be guaranteed a place at future championships.

"AFF Cup at the end of this year and Asian Cup early next year are both completely different competitions, for different age groups. The players attending this Asiad will still need to work to better themselves. I will be closely observing their performances at V-League to select players for the coming competitions," Park said, referring to Vietnam's top professional football league.

Speaking at the post-match press conference, UAE coach Skorza Maciej said Vietnam is a strong team, on the same level as Asiad's finalists Japan and South Korea.

"Therefore we had to fight hard. Today UAE might have not played beautifully, but the important thing is victory," Skorza said.

"I reaffirm that Vietnam is a top team in Asia. Today they played better, created more chances than us. I'm very happy that we won."

The UAE coach however strongly disagreed when an Indonesian journalist claimed his team won the bronze medal by luck, stressing that his players had fought hard and deserved the win.

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Source: VNE

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