Qatar Football AssociationNational Teams | U-23
23.01.2018 4:14 in :

CHANGZHOU: Qatar will play aggressive football to overcome the Vietnam hurdle in the AFC U-23 Asian Cup semi-final on Tuesday at Changzhou Sports Centre.

Qatar coach Felix Sanchez, who has guided his team to wins over Uzbekistan, Oman, China and Palestine in their four matches, on Monday said his team has covered all bases.

“We have watched all the games in the competition, and we know how Vietnam have been playing,” Sanchez said during a pre-match press conference on Tuesday.

“They are an organised team, and they have very talented players. But we are going to try to play in our way and stop them doing what they usually do so well,” he added.

“In this type of (knockout) game, the small details are going to be very important, and that you can pay a big price for small mistakes,” Sanchez, who guided Qatar to the 2014 AFC U-19 Championship, said.

“Hopefully, we can be effective in all the things that we know that we have to do well, and be organised enough not to allow Vietnam to play to their strengths,” the Spaniard added.

Vietnam’s head coach Park Hang-seo on Monday admitted his team was under pressure to deliver. Vietnam finished second in Group D unlike Qatar who topped Group A with three wins. In the quarter-finals, Vietnam held their nerve to beat Iraq on penalties.

“After our opening (group stage) game against Korea Republic, we immediately felt the pressure,” Park said on Monday but quickly admitted rivals Qatar posed considerable threat.

“We know Qatar are a very strong team and that Tuesday’s match is obviously key to reaching the final. Because of that, the game has equal importance for both teams, and the pressure is as much on us as it is on Qatar.

“Both myself and my players must be at our very best what is a vital game against a quality side such as Qatar,” Park said.

Park said Vietnam players have done well in terms of fitness and form.

“I think that physically we will be fine,” the 61-year-old, who hails from Korea Republic, said at the pre-match news conference on Tuesday.

“They have made a lot of effort, but my players have a terrific spirit and we will use that spirit to overcome any physical issues we may have in the game against Qatar,” he said. In a press conference on Tuesday.

“They are an organised team, and they have very talented players. But we are going to try to play in our way and stop them doing what they usually do so well,” he added.

“In this type of (knockout) game, the small details are going to be very important, and that you can pay a big price for small mistakes,” Sanchez, who guided Qatar to the 2014 AFC U-19 Championship, said.

“Hopefully, we can be effective in all the things that we know that we have to do well, and be organised enough not to allow Vietnam to play to their strengths,” the Spaniard added.

Vietnam’s head coach Park Hang-seo on Monday admitted his team was under pressure to deliver. Vietnam finished second in Group D unlike Qatar who topped Group A with three wins. In the quarter-finals, Vietnam held their nerve to beat Iraq on penalties.

“After our opening (group stage) game against Korea Republic, we immediately felt the pressure,” Park said on Monday but quickly admitted rivals Qatar posed considerable threat.

“We know Qatar are a very strong team and that Tuesday’s match is obviously key to reaching the final. Because of that, the game has equal importance for both teams, and the pressure is as much on us as it is on Qatar.

“Both myself and my players must be at our very best what is a vital game against a quality side such as Qatar,” Park said.

Park said Vietnam players have done well in terms of fitness and form.

“I think that physically we will be fine,” the 61-year-old, who hails from Korea Republic, said at the pre-match news conference on Tuesday.

“They have made a lot of effort, but my players have a terrific spirit and we will use that spirit to overcome any physical issues we may have in the game against Qatar,” he said.