Out but not over for Vietnam
Chonburi: Vietnam exited the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019 after their defeat to China PR on Sunday, but the Southeast Asians will leave with their heads held high after an impressive debut performance.
Vietnam had their backs against the wall after suffering defeats to DPR Korea and Korea Republic in their earlier Group B matches but that didn’t stop them from bringing the challenge to China.
In the end, Shao Ziqin’s 82nd minute header for China was all that separated the sides.
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“In this match today, we were really unlucky,” said head coach Nguyen Quoc Binh.
“They tried their best. Our players need more experience by learning from other countries. And this tournament has been a great experience for them.
“I’m very satisfied with my players because they have given their best in this tournament.”
He admitted there is a gap between his players and the teams they’ve faced in Chonburi, but was confident the experience gained would serve as a stepping stone for them in the future.
Vietnam showed glimpses of their promise against China, as it was their best match of the tournament.
The defence was more agile and reactive, while Dang Thanh Thao and captain Vu Thi Hoa had moments of brilliance up front.
It was a bittersweet ending for the Vietnamese skipper, who is already looking on ways to improve herself.
“We had a good performance because we all played our best today,” said Thi Hoa.
“It was unfortunate that we conceded a goal late in the second half, but I’m still proud of what we did because we gave it our all.
“All of us have learned a lot from playing in this tournament, and gained good experience. Personally, there is a lot more for me to improve, and looking towards the future, I have to get better.”
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