Winning Vietnam was hard: Saudi Arabia coach

Created 17 November 2021
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Coach Hervé Renard admitted that Saudi Arabia had to play quite a tough match with Vietnam in the World Cup qualifier Tuesday night.
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"Saudi Arabia were struggling in the last 10 minutes. That's inevitable when the opponent attacked and tried to seek an equalizer. However, we got the situation under control thanks to the solid defense. We knew that we had to give our best when playing in Vietnam’s home ground," Renard said after the game.

A header goal by Saleh Al-Shehri in the 31st minute was enough for Saudi Arabia to secure three points. But they didn't have an easy time throughout the game.

"It's harder to play Vietnam on their home ground. Our goal was to get three points and today, the team have completed it but challenges are still ahead. We have four more games to play and it’s a long way to go. However, I believe that we have a great chance to qualify for the World Cup because we still have two home games left," Renard added.

The game in My Dinh was an intense one, with many heated moments and a total of seven yellow cards given out.

"When both teams want to win, it’s hard to avoid making fouls," Renard said.

"Congratulations to Vietnam, they have played really well. They controlled the game well, had several great players and were tough to play with.

"I think the reason Vietnam haven't earned any point is not that they're not good enough. It’s because this group is really challenging," he said.

Vietnam are in the final World Cup qualification round for the first time, facing strong opponents that stand much higher in the FIFA ranking.

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World Cup qualifiers: Vietnam 0-1 Saudi Arabia

Source: VNE

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