Saturday, 16 May 2009

Vietnam Coach Lauds Players After Olympiakos Win

It was another night to remember in Hanoi for local fans...

Vietnam coach Henrique Calisto paid tribute to his players after watching the team defeat Olympiakos 1-0 in a friendly in Hanoi.

Neither team was at full strength for the match and it was an open and exciting game at the My Dinh Stadium.

The match looked to be heading for a goalless draw until Quang Hai intervened with just seven minutes remaining.

The midfielder’s shot took a deflection off a defender to leave substitute goalkeeper Pavel Kovac with no chance.

“The Vietnamese team played very well in this match. I am very pleased with their performance and spirits. We should be proud because we have seen the national team with national pride in their hearts,” Calisto told reporters.

“The team attacked a lot, but it is a pity that there was only one goal,” the Portuguese tactician added.

“I would like to thank everyone because they all deserve to be praised. Each player satisfied my expectations. The team will have more outstanding players and it will be stronger.”

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