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Hanoi: Interim coach Mai Duc Chung wished new Vietnam coach Park Hang-seo well as he left his role on a high note, after a comprehensive 5-0 win over Cambodia in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Qualifiers.

The caretaker coach was appointed in late August following the resignation of Nguyen Huu Thang and he oversaw a fine performance from his team at Hanoi’s My Dinh Stadium despite torrential rain falling throughout the Group C clash.

Park watched the game from the stands and takes over on Wednesday as Vietnam gear up for their final two qualifying matches, against Afghanistan on November 14 and Jordan on March 27.

“I’m very happy with this victory,” he said. “I want to thank our fans and supporters, they helped us a lot by coming to the stadium despite the hard rain. 

“I believed that we would win the game, but the result makes me quite surprised, we could even have scored more if our players did not miss so many chances.  

“And finally I want to say goodbye to the team, and I want to give my best wishes for the new head coach of Vietnam team.”

Vietnam moved level on eight points with group leaders Jordan, who were held to a 3-3 draw by bottom-of-the-standings Afghanistan, while Cambodia sit in third place on three points.

“Vietnam deserved to win the game,” said Cambodia’s Brazilian coach Leonardo Vitorino. “Vietnam’s players are better than ours, they played well and also made use of their chances better than us to score goals. 

“There were so many serious mistakes especially with the defensive line in the second half, so Vietnam could have scored more goals. We have so many problems that need to be resolved after this game.”

Jordan coach Abdullah Mesfer cut a frustrated figure in Dushanbe after seeing his side score a late equaliser through Mohannad Al Souliman to claim a share of the points.

Victory would have sealed Jordan’s place at the finals in 2019, but the West Asian nation will now have to wait until Matchday Five, when they travel to face Cambodia, to secure qualification.

“We had a good chance to qualify to the final stage, but we couldn’t win the match,” said Mesfer.

“My team tried to play attacking football and we made mistakes in the defence. 

“We conceded two goals after swift counterattacks by the opponents and one more after a free-kick. We lost concentration at these situations.

"Afghanistan had studied us very well."

The draw meant Afghanistan’s slim hopes of a first-ever Asian Cup qualification remains intact.

“It was a very open game with many goals,” said Afghanistan’s German coach Otto Pfister. “There are many talented players in our squad who are trying to improve from game to game. 

“We showed good football against Jordan. To score three goals against such a team is not an easy job. But we made some mistakes in defence and missed the victory. 

“The players gave their best on the field and I hope we can play better in our next matches.”

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