World media appreciates Vietnam's performance at Women's World Cup

By VNA   July 22, 2023 | 06:10 am PT
World media appreciates Vietnam's performance at Women's World Cup
Vietnamese players celebrate after keeper Tran Thi Kim Thanh blocked the U.S.'s penalty shot in their Women's World Cup group stage game in Eden Park, New Zealand, July 22, 2023. Photo by VnExpress/Duc Dong
The world media ran articles appreciating Vietnam's performance in their first match at the 2023 Women’s World Cup Saturday (Hanoi time), although they lost 0-3 to the reigning U.S. champions.

On its website, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) wrote: "Vietnam produced a steely performance as defending champions the United States were made to work hard for a 3-0 win."

"Tournament debutants Vietnam frustrated the four-time champions with their disciplined and resolute defending and will look forward to their remaining matches with confidence," it added.

Michael Cox, a British journalist and author who provides football analysis for the U.K. branch of The Athletic, wrote: "Fair play to Vietnam coach Mai Duc Chung. A more positive and competitive display than could have reasonably been expected so far, AND he was keeping track of stoppage time with an actual stopwatch."

The U.S.-based The Athletic also dedicated a part of the match summary to comment on the World Cup debut of the Vietnamese team. Author Jeff Rueter wrote: "In 2019, the United States opened its World Cup with a headline-grabbing 13-0 win over Thailand. For people who don’t follow international soccer, they may have expected a similar opener against Vietnam, which was making its Women’s World Cup debut. On Friday that was exposed as somewhat naive — after all, Vietnam played tournament favorite Germany close in a narrow 2-1 defeat just a couple months ago. Even after conceding in the opening 15 minutes, they held their own against the United States by often keeping 10 defenders between the ball and goal during build-up play and fighting for every challenge."

"Ultimately, there wasn’t a storybook ending for this first World Cup game. It’s hard to imagine a much tougher draw than the two-time defending champion, but the tournament newcomers did themselves proud with a vocal contingent of supporters whose cheers of pride could be heard on the broadcast every time they progressed up the field," Rueter added.

An article posted on The Guardian said: "This was expected to be an easy one for the U.S. women, and while Vietnam put up a stubborn defense with a few good goalkeeping moments, it was indeed pretty easy."

FIFA also praised Vietnamese goalkeeper’s performance. "Tran Thi Kim Thanh take a bow. The Vietnamese keeper has had a sensational first half and now saves an Alex Morgan penalty on the stroke of half-time!" the world football governing body wrote on its Twitter.

Vietnam will play against Portugal on July 27.

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