Vietnam head coach Toshiya Miura believes his side’s 1-1 draw against Iraq in the 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup joint qualifiers was not a reflection of the quality of their impressive performance during the game.
The Golden Star squad started brightly and opened their lead through Le Cong Vinh’s strike in the 25th minute before a late minute penalty of Younis Mahmoud rescued Iraq from a loss at My Dinh Stadium on Thursday.
In his post-match press conference, the 52-year-old Japanese tactician spoke about the draw, admitted himself pleased with his team’s spirit.
“I’m pleased with the performance, unity and spirit display of my team. It was also because of the fans, who came to the stadium with a huge enthusiasm to support us,” Miura said.
“However, I think the 1-1 draw result didn’t reflect what actually happened on the pitch. Indeed, my target was to grab one point, but when you look back to our performance, I don’t consider this result as a success.”
Following the draw, Iraq maintained their second position behind Thailand in Group F with five points, overshadowed by Vietnam with four points, who will continue their qualifying campaign by hosting Thailand on October 13.