Vietnam to give all against Republic of Korea: head coach Chung

Friday, 2018-04-13 15:34:49
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Vietnam head coach Mai Duc Chung speaking at the press conference.
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NDO/AFC – Ahead of their last Group B match against the Republic of Korea (ROK) on April 13, Vietnam head coach Mai Duc Chung affirmed that they will try their best to revive their hopes for booking a place at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

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Vietnam head into the fixture unable to claim one of the top two positions, but still eyeing a victory which would help them claim third spot in the group and, with it, a place in the play-off for Asia’s fifth ticket to next year’s FIFA World Cup in France.

“We were drawn in a very strong group, and even though we have a weaker squad than the other teams in Group B, we will never give up and we will give our very best in the last game,” Chung said during a press briefing held ahead of the decisive encounter.

Vietnam’s last outing saw them beaten 8-0 by a rampant Australia, a hefty defeat no doubt, but one that Mai was eager to draw some positives from.

“We have reviewed our first games against Japan and Australia, and we believe that we have learned some valuable lessons which we can carry into our final group game against the ROK,” he stated.

Vietnam (in red) will do their utmost for a victory over the ROK in their last Group B encounter today. (Photo: AFC)

Meanwhile, the ROK head into Friday’s final Group B match against Vietnam needing a win to remain in the hunt for a top-two finish and progress to the knockout phase, something that will, however, be beyond them if the group’s other game between table-topping Australia and second-placed Japan ends in a score draw

The situation is further complicated by the fact that should Australia and Japan share the spoils in a goalless draw, the Koreans would need to better the 4-0 win Japan notched against Vietnam on to be guaranteed a place in the last four.

ROK head coach Yoon Duk-yeo highly appreciated what his players had done against Japan and Australia.

“During our first and second matches my players did their very best, that is why we managed to get the results we did,” he said.

Despite the cloud of doubt that hangs over his charges, Yoon is adamant that both he and his squad are focused purely and simply on the challenges which Vietnam are certain to pose.

“Of course, it would have been much better if we had been able to win our second match (against Japan) because if we had, it might have helped us qualify without relying on other results,” explained the 57-year-old tactician.

“But, up until this point nothing has been decided in this group and because of that we must simply focus on our match against Vietnam.”

The last Group B match between Vietnam and the ROK, as part of the ongoing 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup, will take place at 8.45pm (Vietnamese time) on April 13 at King Abdullah Stadium in Amman, Jordan.