Defender Van Hau: Vietnam U23s determined to beat Thai rivals

Tuesday, 2019-03-26 10:28:20
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Van Hau (No. 5) has affirmed his team’s determination to beat Thailand U23s for a direct ticket to the 2020 AFC U23 Championship finals. (Photo: Tuan Cuong)
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NDO – Vietnam U23s are aiming to beat Thailand U23s during their last match of the 2020 AFC U23 Championship qualification campaign on the evening of March 26, thus claiming the top spot in Group K and automatically qualifying for the final tournament.

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The statement was made by Vietnam’s defender Doan Van Hau ahead of the do-or-die clash with Thai rivals on Tuesday night. When sharing with the local press during his team’s training yesterday, the Thai Binh native affirmed his team’s confidence and great determination to head to a victory over Thailand U23s.

“After the hard game yesterday (1-0 win over Indonesia U23s on Sunday), the team are focus on relaxing. We are in the best spirit ahead of the final match of the qualifying round with Thailand,” the Hanoi FC’s defender said.

Vietnam narrowly beat Indonesia 1-0 by a header from Trieu Viet Hung in injury time, thereby raising hope for a ticket to the finals. However, the performance of the home team has not brought satisfaction to coach Park Hang-seo.

Vietnam U23s are ready to face strong Thai rivals tonight. (Photo: Duong Hoang)

Sharing more about the issue, the 20-year-old defender said: "Before the tournament, we didn't have much time to practice together. The rookies in the squad are still struggling to understand the coaching style. We need more time. The coach will work with the whole team more to help us improve. In the upcoming confrontation with Thailand, we are aiming for the best match from the beginning of the campaign.”

"The whole team must improve more. No team is perfect yet,” Hau added.

He also hailed the strong Thai squad but also affirmed that his team will keep calm to deal with their attacks.

“We always aim to win when going to the field. The whole team will try our best to beat Thailand and win the ticket to the finals", the 1999 born player confidently confirmed.

Vietnam U23s will take on their Thai rivals at Hanoi’s My Dinh Stadium at 8 pm tonight.