The opponent of Vietnam futsal team in the semi-finals of the Southeast Asian futsal tournament has been determined, which is Thailand. Because they could not win the first place in the group (with Myanmar points, less than the goal difference), coach Pham Minh Giang’s teachers and students had to face the strongest opponent in the region right from the semi-finals.
The challenge for the Vietnamese futsal team is huge, when Thailand is still standing as a monument of the Southeast Asian futsal village. The Golden Temple team won 15 championships in 15 tournaments. Meanwhile, Vietnam’s futsal team only finished second twice in 2009 and 2012. In these two tournaments, the Vietnamese futsal team also lost to Thailand, with a score of 1-4 and 4-9, respectively.
The gap of 18 places on the rankings also shows the difference in strength between the two teams. The Vietnamese futsal team has made progress in recent times when it won the right to enter the 1/8 round of the futsal World Cup 2021 (won against Panama, Czech Republic), only to stop before Russia – the team that is the runner-up in the tournament.
However, teacher and coach Pham Minh Giang cannot immediately compare with Thailand.
Vietnam’s futsal team is still on the way to shaping a mark and class in a young futsal background that has only grown in recent years. Therefore, stability is a luxury factor for teachers and coach Pham Minh Giang. In the group stage, Vietnam won against Australia and Timor Leste, but let Myanmar hold a draw in a comprehensive deadlock match.
BLV Quang Huy assessed: “Vietnam’s futsal team has not yet reached stability, that is also part of football. The players haven’t reached the point of good form so they can’t perform as expected“.
With the core being the squad for the World Cup futsal in Lithuania, coach Pham Minh Giang’s students played uncoordinated in the decisive match for the top spot, which was the draw with Myanmar.
In Group A, Thailand even let Indonesia hold back in the group stage, but showed strength in the key match when defeating Malaysia 4-2. Like Vietnam, Thailand had difficult moments in the group stage, but they overcame it thanks to the bravery of a team that has won the tournament 15 times.
“The Great War of Southeast Asia” is Siam Sports’ simile to talk about the Vietnam vs Thailand competition at 5pm this afternoon. Most likely, Mr. Pham Minh Giang’s teachers and students will choose to play defensively and counter-attack, making the most of the ability to occupy the space of the ala to make things like at the Futsal World Cup 2021.
Under coach Minh Giang, the Vietnamese futsal team has improved in defense and space mastery. This is a prerequisite for Vietnam to hope to stop a technically-rich opponent and attack in a narrow range like Thailand.
Although it is very difficult, but if the competition is determined and tight enough, the Vietnamese futsal team can create a surprise.
Guess: 1-1 (Vietnam won on penalties)
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