Vietnam coach Park Hang-seo has asked his players to promptly forget their victory against Singapore on December 3 in order to stay optimally focused for the last group clash against archrivals Thailand.
head coach Park Hang-seo.
Header from Ha Duc Chinh a few minutes before the final
whistle gifted Vietnam U22s a fourth consecutive win in their SEA Games
campaign, allowing Park’s side to continue their reign on top of Group B with
12 points, three clear of Thailand and Indonesia.
The result has gifted the
Vietnamese team an upper hand going into their decisive meeting with Thailand
on Thursday (December 5), as even a draw will see them through to the
semifinals as the group winners.
"We had to fight hard until
the last minute to secure a win. But we are not so happy, we need to soon
forget this victory to make the best preparations for the upcoming crucial
match against Thailand,” Park told reporters after the Vietnam-Singapore
encounter at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila on Tuesday.
Commenting on the game, the
Republic of Korea tactician said that Vietnam faced numerous difficulties in
the first half, as the players had showed signs of stiffness and were unable to
approach Singapore’s goal.
"During halftime, I told my
players to stay calm, and we played better after that. I always wish to score
and win easily, but do not always fulfill that goal. Today’s clash was not easy
Explaining the decision to
use goalkeeper Van Toan instead of Bui Tien Dung, Park said: "You should not
misunderstand. Tien Dung is a qualified keeper. But, as Singapore are strong in
high balls, I chose Van Toan for this match. Meanwhile, other lineup changes
stem from the tight schedule of one game every two days. We have to make
adjustments to prevent the players from being overloaded and to reduce the risk
As scheduled, Vietnam will
play Thailand in their last Group B match at 3pm on December 5.
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