Defending champions Japan are likely to look to seal the deal when they face Vietnam in their Group C match on Monday.
The Republic of Korea’s 3-0 win over Vietnam, followed by Japan’s impressive 5-0 win over Myanmar last Friday, put the nationals in a comfortable position to defend their back-to-back titles in 2014 and 2018.
Japan dominated the defensive side of Myanmar, but showed their true ability to score four times in the second half.
Vietnam also takes a defensive stance against the Republic of Korea and while Japan is the favorite, head coach Futshi Ikeda said he wants his team to continue in the same vein against their Southeast Asian opponents on Monday.
“We need to maintain the position of our players and analyze our performance, especially the combination of our passes,” Ikeda said.
“We created a lot of chances to score, but we couldn’t find the back of the net. So we need to improve it against Vietnam. “
Vietnam conceded two early goals against the Koreans due to Kovid-19 issues and fears of an early game, but My Duke Chung’s allegations showed a much better performance in the second half.
The Vietnam team was unable to train together for more than 10 days due to COVID-19 cases.
However, a large part of the team is back and fans can expect Vietnam to challenge the reigning champions at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex.
“I’m glad we have more time to prepare for Japan,” Mai said.
“My players will also have more time to recover from covid, and then we will start our preparations.
“Japan is a high level and skilled team. I think they are strong opponents, but we will try our best in the match. “
The Republic of Korea is currently second in the standings, behind Japan on goal difference, while Vietnam and Myanmar are third and fourth, respectively.
The victory of the Republic of Korea, after Japan’s victory over Vietnam in the second match of the group on Monday, would mean that both the East Asian teams would book their place in the quarter-finals with one match remaining.
Colin Bell’s Republic of Korea started their campaign with a 3-0 win over Vietnam on Friday, in which Ji So-yun scored twice.
Belle said the Republic of Korea has prepared well for Myanmar because they expect them to use a similar game against Vietnam.
“We tried to prepare equally for the first two matches,” Belle said.
“We expect teams to have a similar approach.”
Myanmar, meanwhile, face a crucial match in which they will need to earn their first points if they are to compete for the top two spot in the group.
The recovery will be key for the people of Southeast Asia, who made a disciplined defense against defending champions Japan but lost 4-0 in the second half and conceded four more goals.
Myanmar is familiar with the Republic of Korea, which lost 7-0 in the final round of the Tokyo Olympic qualifiers.
“The Republic of Korea is another strong team, and we have played against them once in the Olympic qualifiers,” said assistant coach Bo Bo Ang.
“We will first discuss our mistakes in the last match (against Japan) and make corrections for the next one.”