HanoiDue to a relapse of Nguyen Van Toan’s injury, coach Park Hang-seo brought goalkeeper Quan Van Chuan to the team to prepare for the Japan match in the 2022 World Cup qualifying round.
*Vietnam – Japan: 7pm on Thursday 11/11, on VnExpress.
Nguyen Van Toan was absent from the training session on the afternoon of November 8, due to a recurrence of a shoulder injury. The team has only three goalkeepers, Bui Tan Truong, Nguyen Van Hoang and Tran Nguyen Manh. Therefore, Coach Park decided to call up Quan Van Chuan, who was on the list of the U23 team to play the last Asian U23 qualifier in the role of a substitute for Nguyen Van Toan.
Before Nguyen Van Toan, the team lost Dang Van Lam. The overseas Vietnamese goalkeeper took the lead in the loss to Australia at My Dinh in September, and then got injured when he returned to practice with Cezero Osaka (Japan). He has to undergo surgery to treat a shoulder injury and will miss the rest of the year, missing the opportunity to defend the AFF Cup. In the match against Oman on October 12, Coach Park also had to replace the goalkeeper when Bui Tan Truong was in pain. After catching that same match, it was Nguyen Van Toan’s turn to have a shoulder problem.
This is the first time Vietnam has reached the final qualifying round of the World Cup. The team is at the bottom of Group B after losing the first four matches. Japan also had difficulty in the campaign to hunt for tickets to the 2022 World Cup, when it lost to Oman and Saudi Arabia and only got six points.
In the two confrontations with Japanese and Vietnamese teams under Coach Park, they won 1-0 in the group stage of ASIAD 2018 and lost 0-1 in the quarterfinals of the ASIAN Cup 2019.