Coach Park Hang-seo admits a second successive draw makes progress difficult at the Asian championship, but Vietnam need to remain focused.
|Vietnam (red) play Jordan in the AFC U23 Championship in Thailand, January 13, 2019. Photo by VnExpress/Lam Thoa.
In the post match press conference following a goalless draw against Jordan on January 13 night, Park admitted that the chance to advance past the group stage is getting slimmer for Vietnam.
"Before this game, UAE won against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), so Vietnam were under pressure of having to beat Jordan. We had a chance but only got one point. And one point is acceptable. My players tried their best," Park said.
He noted Vietnam has to win the next game against the DPRK.
"Vietnam are in a (tough) situation, but we have to deal with it. In the last game on Thursday, we have to fully focus on facing the DPRK."
Park also pointed out the problems that the offense was having, failing to score in two games.
"We are good at holding possession and have a good offensive system, but we haven’t scored a goal yet. I think the problem is in the finishing, when my players are hesitating to make a decision," he said.
Jordan coach Ahmed Abu Ismail was disappointed with the result.
"This is not the result that we expected. We created five chances to score but couldn't get any goal. We will focus on the next game. We expect to get three points against UAE and advance to the next round," Ismail said.
Comparing Vietnam and the DPRK, the two opponents that Jordan have played in this tournament, he said: "Vietnam have speedy players and the DPRK have the muscular power."
Drawing two games has put Vietnam in a tricky situation. They have no choice but to win against the DPRK in the next game and hope that the other game between UAE and Jordan will also have a winner.
The two matches will be played on January 16 at the same time, 8:15 p.m. Vietnam will face the DPRK at the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok and UAE will meet Jordan at the Chang Arena Stadium in Buriram.