Many prestigious international media agencies have given words of praise to Park Hang-seo and his Vietnam U23s side after their 4-0 rout of arch rivals Thailand in their last Group K qualifier for the 2020 AFC U23 Championship in Hanoi on March 26.
Contrary to all predictions, Vietnam U23s fought with strong determination and snatched the biggest-ever win against the Thai opponents, which saw them through to the final tournament in a convincing style.
The historic feat of the Park's troops was strongly highlighted by both domestic and international media immediately after the match concluded.
In its article, FOX Sports Asia called Vietnam's triumph against Thailand a "comprehensive win for the Golden Dragons", emphasising that the home side "put up commendable performance and deservedly booked a place for themselves" in next year's AFC U-23 Championship finals.
Thailand's Siam Sport published an article stressing that the War Elephants' bitter 4-0 defeat at Vietnam has stunned and disappointed Thai fans, as this is the heaviest loss suffered by the Thai people in the history of confrontation between the two sides.
The website of the Asian Football Confederation (the-afc.com) also featured Vietnam's fantastic four-star win in an article titled "Vietnam show their class".
At the same time, many other news agencies in the region congratulated Vietnam U23s on their convincing victory against Thailand U23s. A number of Asian sport websites showed admiration for "wizard" Park Hang-seo's "magic". It is undeniable that Park's wisdom in using players was a highlight in Vietnam's triumph on Tuesday, alongside the resilient and unified fighting spirit of the players. The Golden Dragons also received words of praise and congratulation from football fans across the region.
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