Bangkok: Three players found the back of the net as Ulsan Hyundai FC beat Viettel FC 3-0 on Thursday, and player of the match Lukas Hinterseer urged his teammates to stay focused on the defending champions’ bid to finish 2021 AFC Champions League Group F with a perfect record of six wins.
Ulsan extended their winning streak in the AFC Champions League to 14 appearances, comfortably seated at the top of the group with 15 points, three ahead of Thailand’s BG Pathum United.
While Ulsan is almost certain to advance to the round of 16 even if he were to lose to BG Pathum United on Sunday, Hinterseer only wants one win.
Hinterseer headed Ulsan’s second goal after Valeri Qazaishvili opened the scoring, while substitute Oh Se-hun crowned the win.
“We are happy to win five games in a row, but the group stage is still not over,” said Austria’s Hinterseer, who joined Ulsan earlier this year. “Our focus is now on the last game against BG Pathum United, and I hope we can win this game.
“I think we’re in a good position, and if we stay focused and focused like that, we can go a long way.”
Hinterseer made his continental club debut on Matchday 1, also against Viettel, where he scored in added time to steal a 1-0 victory.
While playing under such stringent conditions is a new experience for the 30-year-old, Hinterseer is determined to propel Ulsan’s title defense race forward.
“It’s something totally new, I’ve never experienced anything like it. Coming here to Thailand with this situation is special, because of the coronavirus, and staying in the hotel for weeks. It’s not easy, even for other teams, but we have to stay focused as a team and try to get closer in every practice and game. It was a pleasure to be with the boys in the field.
“It was a great experience and I can’t wait to have a lot more Champions League games.”
Head coach Hong Myung-bo was happy with the victory, revealing some information about the changes he made that led to the outright victory.
“There were a few chances in the first half, but we couldn’t take them, but before the second half I talked about how we could get into the spaces behind Viettel and some changes. position, ”Hong said.
“There were also substitutes who continued in the second half to help score, so I’m happy with what they showed on the pitch.”
Viettel head coach Heinz-Jurgen Gede admitted his squad was chickened after a tough tournament, but expressed hope his players would learn from the experience.
“In the first half you could see we could do something, but in the second half we couldn’t get the ball back or catch the opponents,” said Gede. “You could see the difference, they had more quality and I think our condition is not good either. Our drums died after five games. “
“Looking at Ulsan, when they have the ball they look straight ahead, but first we have to control. We have to learn that every time we get the ball we have to make a quick transition, and that’s the big difference. .
“We have to check after this competition how and what we can do. Hopefully the young players have gained confidence in our own league. “