Reporter Ahn Kyung-nam = Vietnam’s ‘Saldink’ coach Park Hang-seo will perform a ‘last dance’ against the ‘defending champion’ Thailand.
The Vietnam national soccer team, led by coach Park Hang-seo, will play the first leg of the 2022 ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Mitsubishi Electric Cup (Mitsubishi Cup) final against Thailand at My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi, Vietnam on the 13th at 9:30 pm (Korean time).
Then, at 9:30 pm on the 16th, the venue is moved to Thailand to play the second leg of the final, and the winning team is determined by the total score of the first and second games.
The Mitsubishi Cup is the farewell stage for coach Park, who puts down the baton as Vietnamese coach at the end of this tournament.
Coach Park, who took command of the Vietnamese national team in September 2017, drew attention by raising Vietnamese football to the level of the strongest team in Southeast Asia for five years.
In the 2018 Suzuki Cup (now the Mitsubishi Cup), he became a national hero by winning the trophy in Vietnam for the first time in 10 years, and in the 2019 Asian Football Federation (AFC) Asian Cup, he put
Vietnam in the quarterfinals and Vietnam in the final of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. It was the first time Vietnamese football has reached the final qualifying round for the World Cup.
Vietnam also succeeded in entering the top 100 in the FIFA rankings under Park’s leadership. Currently ranked 96th.
Director Park, whose contract with Vietnam expires at the end of this tournament, is determined to finish the last dance with a win.
After receiving the 2022 Vietnam Best Foreign Leader Award at an awards ceremony organized by the Vietnam Sports Authority on the 11th, coach Park said, “There is still work to be done in Vietnam. It will,” he said, resolving.
The last opponent to overcome to complete the last dance is Thailand.
‘Defending champion’ Thailand is a traditional powerhouse in Southeast Asia that holds the record for winning the tournament 6 times, the most.
In the previous tournament, Thailand defeated Shin Tae-yong’s Indonesia in the final and won the championship. 먹튀검증
Park has been on a winning streak in Vietnam, but since his appointment, his record against Thailand has been tight with 1 win, 3 draws and 1 loss.
Also, after a 2-0 victory in the 2019 King’s Cup semi-final, there is no win with 3 draws and 1 loss in 4 matches.
In the previous tournament, they met Thailand in the semifinals and lost 0-2 in total in the first and second games, and there is a pain of missing a second consecutive victory.
The first leg of the final will be held at home in Vietnam.
In order to overcome the steamer, victory in the home is desperately needed. If they defeat Thailand amidst the warm support of their home fans, they can continue their momentum to the away game in the second game.
To this end, it is important to block Tirasil Dangda, the top goal scorer in Thailand and the top scorer in the tournament (six goals).
At the same time, Nguyen Tien Linh, who shone in the game against Indonesia, should be actively utilized to hit the Thai goal.