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Vietnam a tough opponent: Oman coach

By Lam Thoa   October 12, 2021 | 11:12 pm PT
Vietnam a tough opponent: Oman coach
Coach Branko Ivankovic during the World Cup qualifiers between Oman and Vietnam on October 12, 2021. Photo by FIFA
Oman coach Branko Ivankovic admitted his team faced many difficulties when playing Vietnam in the World Cup qualifiers game Tuesday night.

"I have studied Vietnam really carefully. This game was truly a tough one. Vietnam played so well. I'm proud of my players. They have been through a challenging match, physically and mentally," Ivankovic said in the post-match press conference.

Oman, with home ground advantage, dominated the game from the start. They got a penalty in the 14th minute, which Moshin Al-Khaldi failed to convert. Vietnam scored first, in the 39th minute with a tap-in from Nguyen Tien Linh.

However, Oman quickly equalized minutes later from a volley by Issam Al Sabhi. Four minutes into the second half, Oman took the lead when Al-Khaldi scored directly from a corner. The third goal for Oman came in the 63rd minute, when Salaah Al-Yahyaei successfully converted a penalty.

"After the first penalty failed, the players were so disappointed. I had to encourage them to be patient and the goals would come," Ivankovic added.

Before defeating Vietnam, Oman caused a surprise by beating Japan in the first game, but in the next two games, lost to Australia and Saudi Arabia. They are third in group B with six points, behind Australia and Saudi Arabia. After four straight losses, Vietnam are at the bottom.

World Cup qualifiers: Oman 3-1 Vietnam

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