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Vietnam draw disappoints Jordan's Abu Ismail


Buriram: Jordan head coach Ahmed Abu Ismail expressed his disappointment with his side’s goalless draw against Vietnam on Matchday Two of the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 Group D on Monday.

Coming off the back of a 2-1 win against DPR Korea, Jordan were in complete control throughout the first hour of the Vietnam tie, but were unable to take their chances.

The introduction of Ha Duc Chinh in the second half offered Vietnam renewed energy in front, but Abu Ismail’s men weathered a late avalanche of attacks to hold on for a 0-0 draw and collect their fourth point of the campaign.

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“For me, it was a disappointing result. We had so many chances throughout the game - around three of them were clear cut chances that we should have scored,” said the Jordan coach.

“Vietnam did not have major chances until late on, most of their efforts were from outside the box and I thought we managed to keep them at bay. We will now just have to turn our focus to the next match against the UAE."

#AFCU23 - MD2 Group D: Jordan 0-0 Vietnam

Abu Ismail used just 12 men at Buriram Stadium on Monday, his only substitution being the introduction of APOEL forward Omar Hani for Yazan Al Naimat with quarter of an hour to go.

“The players who started the game did well, and that is why we did not make more changes. Vietnam needed the win more than us, but I thought our players were very focused. Even though we had good options on the bench, but I felt we did not need to make changes."

The result puts Jordan in a comfortable position with a draw in their final game of the group likely to be enough to put them in the quarter-finals. Meanwhile, Vietnam’s fate is out of their hands as they travel to Bangkok for the Matchday Three encounter with DPR Korea.

Head coach Park Hang-seo was equally disappointed not to get the three points, but is adamant his side can only look forward to the next game.

“Before our match, UAE had a game against DPR Korea and won, so we knew we had to win,” said Park. “We had a lot of chances, but the final result is that we got just one point. It would have been better if we had collected the three points, but we got just one so we have to look forward to the last game."

A second stalemate in a row means Vietnam are yet to find the back of the net in the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020, but Park is not bothered by this fact, preferring to focus on the teams defensive solidity and tactical work.

“Throughout the game, we had a good attacking process, but we still did not score. Our problem was just finding the back of the net, but we had a good process. In the final minutes, there was an issue with the players decisions to shoot rather than pass.

“But just as we did not score, we also did not concede for two games, so there are positives and negatives. Not scoring is not as big an issue as long as we have the attacking process in place."

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