Vietnam lost 2-3 to Russia in a match on September 22, a clear improvement from the 0-7 loss to the same rivals in the Round of 16 at the World Cup 2017 in Colombia.

Vietnamese players (in red) causing troubles to Russian rivals (Photo: FIFA)

Author Mikhail Chesalin stated that the stability in defense of the Asian team caused troubles to Russia until the match's end.

He went on to say that it was not an easy task for Russian players to score as their Vietnamese rivals had speed and flexibility, coupled with a strong defense.

He underlined that Pham Duc Hoa’s goal for Vietnam had made Russian fans worried.

In addition, on its homepage, the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) used the title “Heads held high” to write about Vietnam’s performance in the match.

Russian midfielder Ivan Milovanov also spoke highly of Vietnamese players after the game, saying that they had fought until the last seconds

Source: VNA