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Vietnam captain says pressured by Malaysia players to miss penalty

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Vietnam captain says pressured by Malaysia players to miss penalty

Malaysia’s forward Guilherme de Paula Lucrecio approaches Vietnam’s captain Que Ngoc Hai (R) as he’s about to take a penalty shot at the World Cup qualifier on June 11, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Lam Thoa.


When Que Ngoc Hai stepped up to take the penalty at the 2022 World Cup qualifier on Friday, many Malaysian players approached the Vietnam’s captain to play mind games.

“As I was about to take the penalty, many Malaysian players tried to put pressure on me. They spoke in English… They told me that I would definitely miss it,” said center-back Hai.

“But a player with spirit and courage should be able to overcome it. I am used to this. I told myself to ignore it and focus on the penalty to score and help us win.”

Forward Nguyen Tien Linh opened the scoring for Vietnam in the first half of their World Cup qualifier against Malaysia, but forward Guilherme de Paula Lucrecio equalized for Malaysia in the 72nd minute.

Nguyen Van Toan won a penalty for Vietnam 10 minutes later after being fouled in the box by Brendan Gan, and captain Que Ngoc Hai stepped up to take it. He did not go for his usual skipped penalty run-up, instead opted for the far lower corner of the net.

Quế Hải đá phạt đền thành công

 
 

Vietnam captain says pressured by Malaysia players to miss penalty

Quế Hải đá phạt đền thành công

Que Ngoc Hai scores for Vietnam from the penalty spot after Nguyen Van Toan was fouled.

Hai’s penalty sealed the crucial victory for Vietnam and ended Malaysia’s World Cup hopes. Malaysian media were not happy about the result as well as referee Ryuji Sato’s decision to award Vietnam a penalty, calling the latter “controversial.”

“The penalty sparked controversy among Malaysian players, because it seemed forward Nguyen Van Toan had dived,” wrote Sinar Harian.

According to Indonesia’s skor.id, “the substituted Van Toan was presumably fouled by Brendan Gan, but the replay showed there was no contact.”

Hai was very happy about scoring the winning goal, and understood the importance of this victory.

“It is hard to describe how happy I am. The match was very tough as Vietnam and Malaysia were familiar opponents.

“In the hardest moments, the team have shown solidarity and fighting spirit. Vietnam is battling hard against the Covid-19 pandemic, and coach Park said if we played well, we could be a source of encouragement for the entire nation. We have achieved that in the last two matches. I hope this win serves as a dose of vaccine for Vietnam. I am immensely proud.”

Vietnam are on top of group G with 17 points, followed by the UAE with two points less. A draw against this opponent on June 15 should be enough for Vietnam to advance to the final qualifier of the 2022 World Cup for the first time.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/sports/football/vietnam-captain-says-pressured-by-malaysia-players-to-miss-penalty-4293074.html

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Hoang Anh Gia Lai owner willing to listen to Thai proposal to recruit team manager

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Doan Nguyen Duc, owner of Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) expressed his openness to the Football Association of Thailand (FA Thailand) to discussing their intention of recruiting his club’s manager Kiatisuk Senamuang, saying that he’s willing to listen.

Hoang Anh Gia Lai owner willing to listen to Thai proposal to recruit team manager
HAGL owner Doan Nguyen Duc and coach Kiatisuk Senamuang in a recent durian planting event before Kiatisuk returned to Thailand. Photo courtesy of HAGL

After Nishino Akira was fired, there were many questions about who would replace the Japanese manager in the Thai national team.

In July, Thailand’s number one superstar Chanathip Songkrasin said he wanted Kiatisuk to come back to Thailand’s national team manager position.

Recently, the media in the “Land of the Golden Temple” confirmed that the Football Association of Thailand is looking at Kiatisuk as a strong candidate for this position.

Despite rumours, the 47-year-old Thai still has two years left on his contract with HAGL.

However, club owner Duc will still consider any offer.

“I will agree to let Kiatisuk return to Thailand to lead the national team if they really want him,” Duc told Pháp luật Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh (The HCM City Law newspaper).

“If they really want Kiatisuk, they should feel free to come to Vietnam to talk. I have not received any information from the Football Association of Thailand. They have not called or contacted my club. However, I will still be willing to listen.”

“During the complicated Covid-19 pandemic, it will be difficult to go to Vietnam. However just inform me first and I will think about it,” Duc said.

“It is important to know when the V.League 1 will return. If it’s soon then there can’t be any negotiation, but if there’s no news about when the league will return, then I’m happy to let him go back. Why keep someone when others need him more at the moment?” The 59-year-old HAGL president asked.

Kiatisuk returned to HAGL at the beginning of this season. Immediately, the Thai football legend made major changes. From an unstable team, HAGL is on top of the league table with an unbeaten record.

After the V.League 2021 was postponed until the beginning of next year due to the pandemic, Kiatisuk allowed HAGL players to have a break while he returned to Thailand.

Previously, Kiatisuk led the Thai national team to great success reaching the final round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

Source: Vietnam News

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Aussie Keegan Palmer takes gold medal in the men’s park skateboarding. For all latest news from the Olympics, please join our virtual AI Phuong.

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Vietnam ascend FIFA futsal world ranking

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Vietnam ascend FIFA futsal world ranking

The Vietnam national futsal team that played Iraq in a friendly on May 17, 2021. Photo courtesy of Vietnam Football Federation.


The Vietnam national futsal team has moved up one place in the August update of FIFA futsal world ranking.

After beating Lebanon in the World Cup qualification playoffs in late May and claiming a ticket to Futsal World Cup 2021, Vietnam climbed from 44th to 43rd on the FIFA futsal world ranking. In the August update, only Vietnam and Japan improved their positions in Asia.

The top three positions in the world remained unchanged, with Spain first, followed by Brazil and Argentina. In Asia, Iran continued to lead, followed by Kazakhstan and Japan.

The national team has started training since late July. They are set to fly to Spain on Aug. 25 to participate in a friendly tournament with hosts Spain, Japan and Guatemala. They will play another exhibition match with Morocco on Sept. 6, before entering Futsal World Cup, held in Lithuania between Sept. 12 and Oct. 3.

At Futsal World Cup, Vietnam are grouped with Brazil, the Czech Republic and Panama. The team will play their first game against Brazil on Sept. 13, then Panama on the 16th, and the Czech Republic on the 19th.

This is the second time Vietnam qualified for the event, after the first in 2016.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/sports/football/vietnam-ascend-fifa-futsal-world-ranking-4336202.html

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