09 Jun 2022 | 23:03 | Football
After the 2nd game, Thailand U23 led Group C with 4 points, with a goal difference of 5-2. South Korea U23 also scored 4 points, with a difference of 5-2, but ranked second in the standings due to more penalties. U23 Vietnam ranked third with 2 points and 3-3 points. Malaysia U23 has no points and must be eliminated.
In the last game, Thailand U23 played against South Korea U23 and Vietnam U23 played against Malaysia U23. If Thailand U23 and South Korea U23 do not score more than 3-3, Vietnam U23 will enter the quarter-finals with a strong victory over Malaysia U23. If Thailand U23 and South Korea U23 win or lose, Vietnam U23 will continue to beat Malaysia U23 by any score.
In the men’s football semi-finals of the 31st Southeast Asian Games, Vietnam U23 encountered many difficulties and beat Malaysia U23 1-0 in extra time. However, the U23 Vietnam team at that time was very different from the team competing in the 2022 AFC U23 Championship at this time.
After the 31st Southeast Asian Games, coach Park Hengrui bid farewell to Vietnam U23. The one who focused on Vietnam was Gong Wujun, who brought new philosophy, style and tactics to Vietnam U23.
The 2022 AFC U23 Championship does not talk about the possibility of the U23 Vietnam team’s success or failure, but it is certain that coach Kong Wujun has done a good job. He instilled enthusiasm and confidence in the students and kept the team playing with a high level of determination and a very strong will.
In the final match of the group stage, Vietnam U23 is tasked with defeating Malaysia U23. If possible, the “Gold Star Warriors” need a big win to create a certain advantage in the quarterfinals.
U23 Malaysia currently has no achievement goals. In the past 2 games, both sides lost by 3 goals, and it is easy to give up. Therefore, if Vietnam U23 know how to seize the opportunity, they can beat Malaysia U23 strongly.
The bookmaker thinks Vietnam U23 is much stronger than Malaysia U23, so it offers a handicap of 0:1 1/4. According to this ratio, Vietnam U23 is likely to win by 2 goals or more due to the very variable attacking ability, especially the way of passing the ball on the wing.