Coach Park disappointed with Vietnam's performance in Taiwan defeat

By Duc Dong   October 27, 2021 | 05:15 pm PT
Coach Park disappointed with Vietnam's performance in Taiwan defeat
Coach Park Hang-seo during the post-match conference of the U23 Asian Cup qualifiers game between Vietnam and Taiwan on October 27, 2021. Photo by Vietnam Football Federation
Park Hang-seo was not happy with Vietnam’s style of play in their 1-0 victory over Taiwan in the U23 Asian Cup qualifiers Wednesday.

"I have nothing to say about this game. As the head coach, I feel a bit disappointed," Park said in the post-match conference.

Vietnam were considered much stronger than Taiwan, who have lost the most recent 10 games in the U23 qualifiers. However, Vietnamese had trouble finding the net and didn’t create many chances as expected.

It took the team 82 minutes to score the first and only goal of the game with a clean finish by Le Van Xuan.

"I know many people were expecting more than just a 1-0 win but football is unpredictable. Nevertheless, Vietnam have earned three points. The score doesn’t matter to me if we win," Park added.

The conditions of Dolon Omurzakov Stadium in Kyrgyzstan were bad during the game. However, Park didn’t think it affected Vietnam’s style of play.

"Not only Vietnam but also Taiwan had difficulties playing on the field. We cannot use it as an excuse," he said.

The team will get six days to prepare for the next game against Myanmar on November 2.

"We have to prepare carefully to get the best result against Myanmar," Park said.

Group I originally had Hong Kong, Vietnam, Taiwan and Myanmar. But after North Korea withdrew from the tournament, Hong Kong were moved to group K.

A victory over Myanmar will see Vietnam qualifying for the U23 Asian Cup next year.

U23 Asian Cup qualifiers: Vietnam 1-0 Taiwan

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