HAGL ‘shakes’ big dreams in Asian and Vietnamese football

26 Apr 2022 | 21:39 | Football

On the evening of April 25, the HAGL club drew 1-1 with the defending champion Jeonbuk of South Korea in the fourth round of the 2022 AFC Champions League.

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HAGL has a great performance against Jeonbuk

With this result, HAGL now moves up to 3rd place with 2 points.

However, coach Kiatisuk Senamuang and his team officially lost the chance to continue as they were six points behind second place in the group, with only two games remaining in the group stage.

After the splendid performance, the Shancheng team received numerous praises from domestic fans and regional media.

At this year’s Asian Cup, HAGL were caught in a very difficult group with the presence of the Big Three of Yokohama Mariners, Sydney and Jeonbuk.

But with the spirit of courage to compete, Van Toan and his teammates’ performance is not too bad.

While it was impossible to go further on the first stage at the Asian club, it was an invaluable lesson for Chiatisak’s teachers and coaches.

And, most likely, it will be the perfect warm-up for HAGL to strive for bigger goals in the future.

From HAGL’s return to the AFC Champions League after 17 years, to Vietnam’s debut in the third round of the World Cup qualifying round, there are certain similarities.

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Vietnam’s strong showing in third round of 2022 World Cup qualifiers

In the final qualifying round of the biggest football festival on the planet, Park Hengrui’s teachers and students also competed with courage, determination and a spirit of not giving up.

While it is not surprising that teams with the same qualifications as Oman and China were stopped in the third qualifying round, these were commendable performances by Vietnam.

However, after the accolades, it is necessary to reassess that both Vietnam and the HAGL club have shown weaknesses compared to the top teams in the region.

To reach the Asian level, Vietnamese football will definitely need more time and a lot of work to do.

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