Just a few days after the final of the 31st SEA Games men’s football, the U23 Vietnam team reunited with their rival Thailand U23 in the match taking place at 22:00 today (June 2), in the framework of Group C of the Final Round. AFC U23 Championship 2022.
In Southeast Asia, Thailand U23 is likened to a “boggart” with many SEA Games gold medals. However, in the continental playground, U23 Vietnam is the team that is more appreciated thanks to the feat of winning the runner-up position of the 2018 Asian U23 Championship.
U23 Thailand is very eager to avenge U23 Vietnam after losing in the final of men’s football at the 31st SEA Games. But this confrontation will be very different because the two teams will no longer be able to use players over 23 years of age and composition. The coaching staff also changed. U23 Thailand attended the final round of the 2022 Asian U23 Championship with many changes in personnel. They summoned 9 young players playing abroad with great expectations.
However, cohesion is what Thai fans are worried about in the home team. It was not until he was present in Uzbekistan on May 31, that coach Worrawoot had a full force. That is, U23 Thailand only gathered enough 23 players in the final list exactly two days before facing U23 Vietnam. In the context of both playing and having to attach positions on the field, Thailand U23 is facing many difficulties at this tournament.
Meanwhile, the members of U23 Vietnam had a lot of time to practice together through the annual gatherings of the Vietnam Football Federation. Most recently, U23 Vietnam had a training tour and friendly match in the United Arab Emirates. In the list of U23 Vietnam to attend the Final Round of the 2022 Asian U23 Championship, fans are too familiar with such faces as: Goalkeeper Van Toan, defender Thanh Binh, Viet Anh; strikers Manh Dung, Minh Binh, Danh Trung…
U23 Vietnam is starting a new future without coach Park Hang-seo, the reign of Mr. Gong Oh-kyun. During the recent training and friendly competition, coach Gong Oh-kyun showed a different style of leadership from Mr. Park. Mr. Gong often uses a 4-3-3 tactical scheme and urges his students to continuously attack. Therefore, U23 Vietnam at the final round of the 2022 Asian U23 Championship will be another version that promises to be more explosive.
With the defending champion Korea U23 in the same group, the result of the match between U23 Vietnam and U23 Thailand is considered to be the deciding factor for the remaining ticket in Group C of the 2022 AFC U23 Championship Finals. Of course, U23 Malaysia is also a formidable opponent because of their ambitions and commendable progress in recent times. With the predestined relationship accumulated in the past and the ambition to go deep in the tournament, both U23 Vietnam and U23 Thailand will show with all they have to work towards the goal of winning 3 points.
In terms of performance and preparation for the tournament, U23 Vietnam is being evaluated slightly better than U23 Thailand. The history of confrontation at the U23 level between the two teams in recent times is also leaning towards U23 Vietnam when winning 4, drawing 1 in 5 confrontations. Specifically, in the qualifying round of the 2020 Asian U23 Championship, U23 Vietnam won 4-0 against Thailand U23. In the SEA Games arena, U23 Vietnam drew 2-2 against Thailand U23 in the 2019 tournament and won 1-0 in the 31st SEA Games final. At the 2022 Southeast Asian U23 Championship in Cambodia, U23 Vietnam’s coach Coach Dinh The Nam also defeated his opponent in the group stage and in the final with a score of 1-0.
After the feat at the 2018 Asian U23 Championship Finals with the runner-up, U23 Vietnam showed its ambition to go deep at this tournament. Two years ago in Thailand, U23 Vietnam could not pass the group stage, despite playing well when holding U23 UAE and U23 Jordan, but was still eliminated by a 1-2 loss to North Korea U23. At the final round of the 2022 Asian U23 Championship, in addition to U23 Korea, the second ticket to the knockout round is the “civil war” of Southeast Asian football. Believe that, U23 Vietnam will not let this favorable opportunity slip away.
U23 Vietnam: Van Toan, Viet Anh, Thanh Binh, Tien Long, Tuan Tai, Van Do, Hoang Anh, Hai Long, Cong Den, Minh Binh, Manh Dung.
Thailand U23: Thuadsong, Wisetchat, Buaphan, Khemdee, Doloh, Suphanphat, Panya, Ben Davis, Numchansakul, Vadercher, Gustavsson.