Vietnam coach sees improvement in Saudi Arabia defeat

Created 17 November 2021
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Coach Park Hang-seo felt regretful that Vietnamese players haven't scored in home games of the final World Cup qualifiers round, but proud of their performance against Saudi Arabia Tuesday night.
Hightlight trận Việt Nam - Saudi Arabia - update

"It's unfortunate that Vietnam haven't been able to score in the past home games, although we have scored in away games. The players have improved game after game. They have given their best in this match," Park said after the game.

At My Dinh National Stadium, Vietnam were dominated by Saudi Arabia, who are topping group B. Vietnam only had 36 percent of possession and seven shots with one on target.

However, the team attacked more than the previous games, creating more chances and only conceding once with a goal from Saleh Al-Shehri in the 31st minute.

"We have lost six games. Although the players have shown great fighting spirit in each of them, six losses in a row of course have affected their mentality. I have to help them load off the pressure," Park said.

Vietnam are still looking for the first point after six defeats, while Saudi Arabia remain atop of the group.

"I always remind the players of staying confident. But the problem is how to turn confidence into action. I told the players that the result also depends on other factors like the opponent’s level and the pressure that they put on us. Sometimes we are so confident but cannot fight the pressure from the opponent.

"We have lost many games but the players are getting better. When we play the top teams in Asia, our level and adaptability will increase. That experience will help the players in the upcoming AFF Cup tournament," he added.

After this game, Vietnam will begin preparing for the AFF Cup, which will take place in Singapore next month. The team are the defending champions, having won the title in 2018.

Hightlight trận Việt Nam - Saudi Arabia - update

World Cup qualifiers: Vietnam 0-1 Saudi Arabia

Source: VNE

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