Vietnam’s incredible extended run in international tournaments continues, as the side came from behind to beat Jordan and qualify for the quarter-finals of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup after a penalty shootout. To reflect on this monumental victory for the Golden Stars, Football Tribe Vietnam’s Tran Tien joins us to discuss five things they can take away from this match.
Jordan not as Strong as Expected
Jordan were widely considered to be a stronger team than Vietnam heading into this match, but the way the game played out showed this perception may have been wrong. The West Asian team played very cautiously, employing a deep defensive line and that led them to pay the price.
Trong Hoang is Crucial for Vietnam
Going up and down the right flank, Trong Hoang put in an excellent performance and even registered an assist for Cong Phuong’s equalizing goal. His contribution was crucial in this historic win for Vietnam.
Van Lam the Hero for Vietnam
Dang Van Lam has saved a penalty shot from Jordan to help Vietnam win in the shootout, after the game finished level. Furthermore, despite the pressure, the Russian-born goalkeeper looked confident and was able to cope with almost every situation during the game.
Hat-off to Park Hang-Seo
Coach Park Hang-Seo has shown his talent again in this match. He had four “crazy” substitution that caused a major headache for the opponents. His ability to shift between approaches is truly impressive, and his experience and tactical nous is key to the Golden Stars’ success.
Vietnam Already the Tournament’s Dark Horses
Vietnam have become the first team to lose their first two matches and still qualify for the quarter-final of the Asian Cup. With this high spirit and motivation, Park Hang-Seo’s side can causa e problem for either Saudi Arabia or Japan in the last eight.