Vietnam not there yet despite win over UAE, says Park
Hanoi: Head coach Park Hang-seo credited Thursday's 1-0 Asian Qualifiers victory against United Arab Emirates as a team effort but warned that Vietnam still have a long, difficult road ahead.
Nguyen Tien Linh’s super strike was the difference as Vietnam held on for victory at My Dinh Stadium on Thursday to move top of Group E, while the UAE dropped to third place with six points from two wins and two defeats.
Vietnam still have four games left in FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 qualification, and their next match is against regional rivals Thailand in Hanoi on Tuesday.
Hanoi: Nguyen Tien Linh’s wonder strike was the difference as Vietnam defeated the UAE 1-0 at My Dinh Stadium to move top of Group E of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar and 2023 AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers on Thursday.
Thailand’s 2-1 defeat to Malaysia in the other Matchday Five fixture means Vietnam overtake the War Elephants into top spot with 10 points, while the UAE drop to third place with six points from two wins and two defeats.
Kuala Lumpur: Mohamadou Sumareh’s second half strike secured a crucial victory for Malaysia as they defeated Thailand 2-1 in their Asian Qualifiers Group G clash for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 on Thursday.
Chanathip Songkrasin opened the scoring for Thailand early in the match before Malaysia drew level through Brendan Gan before Sumareh earned his side three vital points at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium.
Kuala Lumpur: Brendan Gan of Malaysia was delighted his sacrifice to leave his newborn son for national duties paid off handsomely when he helped his side defeat Thailand in the Asian Qualifiers on Thursday.
The 31-year-old midfielder sparked a brilliant comeback for Malaysia, who trailed to Chanathip Songkrasin’s early strike, before Gan scored one and assisted the winning goal for Mohamadou Sumareh in the second half.
Amman: Iraq head coach Srečko Katanec said that his side deserved their 2-1 win against Islamic Republic of Iran in Group C of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
Substitute Ali Abbas’ added-time strike secured the victory for Iraq who took the lead through Mohanad Ali after just 11 minutes before Iran drew level in the 25th minute through Ahmed Nourollahi.