Vietnamese players are excited before the Japan match

HanoiIn the only training session at My Dinh Stadium on the evening of November 9, the Vietnamese players were relaxed and always smiling despite preparing to face a big challenge in the fifth round of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

Even as the host, Vietnam can only practice one session to get acquainted with My Dinh Stadium, to ensure fairness with the Japanese away team.

All the players called up this time are in good condition. Including midfielder Tran Minh Vuong (top), who has completely recovered after a long time of treatment for a cruciate ligament injury.

The players were all comfortable. According to captain Que Ngoc Hai (second from right), no points have been won but the team has shown fighting spirit in the past four matches and will try to surprise Japan.

Coach Park Hang-seo urged the players. The Korean leader is under pressure when Vietnam has lost to Saudi Arabia, Australia, China, and Oman and is at the bottom of Group B.

The goalkeeper position is making Coach Park worried. While Dang Van Lam was seriously injured and had to undergo surgery, Nguyen Van Toan also had problems with his shoulder.

Yesterday, Coach Park had to urgently add Quan Van Chuan from the U23 team.

The main capture position of Vietnam is likely to return to Bui Tan Truong.

He was originally the number one choice, starting the last three matches of the second qualifying round of the 2022 World Cup – the Asian region in June – when Dang Van Lam could not go to the UAE due to Covid-19.

Nguyen Tien Linh (right) is Vietnam’s number one striker at the moment.

In the second qualifying round, he scored five goals, including three opening goals, a single goal against the UAE in the first leg and a shortened goal in a 2-3 loss in the second leg. In the third qualifying round, he also scored twice, in defeats to China 2-3 and Oman 1-3.

Nguyen Quang Hai (right) was the first Vietnamese player to score in the final qualifying round of the World Cup, opening the scoring in the opening match, losing 1-3 at the Saudi Arabia Stadium.

Coach Park kept a serious face for most of the training session at My Dinh Stadium.

Vietnam will meet Japan at 7pm on Thursday 11/11. In two confrontations with the teams of the land of the rising sun, Vietnam under Coach Park won 1-0 in the group stage of ASIAD 2018 and lost 0-1 in the quarterfinals of the ASIAN Cup 2019.

Lam Tho

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