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Coach Akira Nishino: "The Vietnamese team's fighting spirit is admirable"

Coach Akira Nishino:

Speaking at the press conference after the match in the 2022 World Cup qualifier, coach Akira Nishino praised the Vietnamese team and said that the Thai players had a good game even if they only got 1 point in My Dinh.

The classic match between Vietnam and Thailand in My Dinh stadium ended with a score of 0-0. Thailand missed a penalty in the first half, but the Vietnamese team twice put the ball into the net after the finishes of Bui Tien Dung and Nguyen Tien Linh, but the referee did not accept 2 goals of Vietnam.

Appearing at the post-match press conference, coach Akira Nishino said: "The Thai team is more disadvantageous after this draw, but we still have three games ahead, the chances are still there. The team will try our best to show our strength in the remaining matches".

The Japanese strategist spoke more specifically about Thailand's goal in the next three matches: "The Thai team has a lot of preparation time and will gradually improve the game in the near future. We are playing well through each match".

Nishino also praised the Vietnamese team's efforts: "I knew it was a difficult game. The Vietnamese team is a strong opponent and has an admirable fighting spirit. They own the good defense and dangerous counter-attacks".

Coach Akira Nishino: The Vietnamese teams fighting spirit is admirable

Of course, Thailand is also not bad. In the first half, we didn't play well. In the second half, I want the players to keep the ball, control the game and attack with two wings.

Nevertheless, the Vietnamese defense has stood firmly. I don't blame the strikers because scoring is a collective duty for the whole team. Today, Thailand did not score but did not concede as well.

Anyway, I am satisfied with the students. Thailand played well against a great team. In my opinion, the Vietnamese team can win many good results in the next rounds. They approach the game too well".

When being asked to compare this match with the match in Thammasat on September 5th, the Japanese coach said: "After 6 games I have led, I see the Thai team still has a lot of potentials. The players can play better. My job here is to help the player improve and I believe I will succeed".

In the next match of Group G qualifying for the 2002 FIFA World Cup in March 2020, the Vietnamese team will not play, while Thailand will host Indonesia at home, Malaysia will be the guest of the UAE.