Vietnam coach Park Hang-seo: My players proved their ability against Asia’s elite

Vietnam coach Park Hang-seo praised his boys after beating Iraq in the dramatic penalty shootout to reach the AFC U-23 Championship last four.

The young Golden Stars defeated former champions Iraq 5-3 in a penalty shootout after a 3-3 draw following extra-time in the Saturday quarter-final.

“I have total confidence in my players, and they proved their capabilities today,” he said in the post-match press conference, as quoted on AFC website.

“Even on the physical side, they were equal to our opponent.

“In attack, we played very well with two strikers and maybe I will use the same strategy in the next match.

“We changed our tactics during the match, especially when Iraq started to use the long passes and crosses.

“The Iraq team doesn’t press hard as a team, and because of that we knew that we could use the space on the right and the left side of the Iraqi defense.”