After our preparation and the two friendly matches against Thai Navy FC, this was “the real work”. How would the new players come out on top against Japan and Brazil? Vietnam we had already beated at the AFF Tournament last month in Bangkok so that should be no problem.
Our first game was against Japan. After a good first half time, the score was 0-0. Despite my warning during the rest we had to stay very focused, yet it became 1-0 for Japan ten minutes before the end. The forces were less, and thus also the concentration. Because Japan scored within a minute the 2-0, we were left with only hunting for the tying goal. However, that was not and it was Japan that with a well executed counter attack even made the 3-0.
The next day we had to play against World Champion Brazil. If anyone should have thought that their long journey would sit down in their legs, they were disappointed. This would happen the upcoming days…Brazil was very concentrated and very sharp in front of the goal. For me it was clear after already five minutes, that it would become very hard for us. Half time score was 2-1; our goal was a very nice one of Ahm who lifted the ball on the 6 meter edge over the keeper to go, who responded very surprised. In the second half Brazil ran into 5-1 but to be honest, I had enjoyed the frivolous play of the Brazilians.
The last game was against Vietnam and that we had to win to still return home with a good feeling; Vietnam is also in our group at the upcoming SEA Games. For a full hall we controlled (despite some counters of Vietnam) the whole game. Half time score was 2-0 and it was our task to not let come Vietnam back in the game in the second half. But it did happen and we had to stay concentrated because of their quick counters. The decision came when Vietnam started to play with the flying goalkeeper and we scored 3-1.
All in all a good learning for the new young players. Now on to the SEA Games (South East Asian Games), which will be held in Myanmar from 9-20 December.