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Coach Park has made us believe in ourselves, says Vietnam’s Quang Hai

Monday, January 22, 2018
Nguyen Quang Hai - Vietnam U23

Changzhou: In the wake of Vietnam’s historic qualification for the AFC U23 Championship 2018 semi-finals, Nguyen Quang Hai has been quick to praise head coach Park Hang-seo for the team’s success.

Vietnam qualified for the tournament in China as one of the second-best teams.

They subsequently fought their way through the group stage to earn a second-place finish in Group D, courtesy of Quang Hai's goals against Australia and Korea Republic, and the self-belief instilled by Park.

“The coach has given us confidence,” exclaimed the 20-year-old.

“He helped us believe in ourselves and to give everything in every match.”

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In a thrilling quarter-final against Iraq on Saturday, a 3-3 draw at the end of extra-time was followed by a penalty shootout which, courtesy of Bashar Resan’s miss, saw Vietnam claim a spot in the last four.

Celebrations erupted on the streets of Ho Chi Minh after Vietnam’s victory, and while the Hanoi FC midfielder is humbled by the reaction, he believes the team will do their utmost to continue performing well, given the overwhelming level of support back home.

“We had tried our best in the match (against Iraq), and we are really, really happy we made it to the semi-finals.

“I can’t really describe the emotions I felt the moment we won.

“It’s been a long time since Vietnam football had witnessed such a good game. And the people were happy that we won and made such an achievement for Vietnam.

“Because of that, we will continue to be focused and confident, we want to reach the final.”

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