Fans stand side by side with the Vietnamese team

Despite the threat of Covid-19, about 12,000 spectators still came to My Dinh Stadium, while others watched from afar as Park Hang-seo’s teachers and students met Japan on the evening of 11/11.



This is Vietnam’s second home match in the final qualifying round of the 2022 World Cup – Asia region, but it is the first time My Dinh has been able to welcome the audience back after nearly two years of being affected by Covid-19.

According to the decision of Hanoi City, the stadium can only use 30% of its capacity, out of a total of 45,000 seats, to ensure epidemic prevention.



Fans must arrive at the stadium two hours in advance to complete the procedures related to security checks and medical declarations.



All must bring identification documents, certification of having received two doses of Covid-19 vaccine, or have recovered from Covid-19 within six months, tested negative within 72 hours…



It was not possible to create the red waves that are often seen in the team’s matches under Coach Park, but the appearance of the fans and the chants of “Vietnam, Vietnam”… somewhat brought the ball into the air. Real kick back on My Dinh yard.



A fan holds up a banner to support Coach Park – who is under a lot of pressure after the team lost the first four matches in Group B.

In fact, Vietnam’s current position is not surprising, as the team has the lowest FIFA order of the 12 teams that entered the final qualifying round.



Coach Park surprised when he launched Cong Phuong on the field from the beginning, to pair with Nguyen Tien Linh in attack.

In the last meeting in the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup 2019, Cong Phuong played very well, causing Japan to panic many times before winning at least 1-0 thanks to Ritsu Doan’s penalty.



In an old villa in Nam An Khanh area (Hoai Duc district), a group of masons ate while attentively watching the progress of the match.

Mr. Bui Thanh (from Thanh Hoa) said that the whole group of more than 10 workers had just come home from work, took advantage of bathing, eating, and watching the match.



A passenger taking the train on the Cat Linh – Ha Dong route took advantage of every minute to watch the match by phone.



On Nguyen Khac Can Street, a man selling water by the roadside lingers on the sidewalk to watch the match. Next to it was a carefully packed bicycle ready to leave.

He said, when he got home, he missed an inning, so after watching it, he didn’t regret it.



Ta Hien Street at 20:55. The owner and guest drank beer nervously when the match entered the last minute of injury time, but Vietnam was still leading.

Right after the whistle ended, the ward police force came to remind and ask the shop to close in accordance with regulations.



Despite playing hard with a clear counter-attacking strategy, Vietnam still could not create a shock against Japan.

In the whole match, the home team launched 6 shots and only one of them was on target, having 288 passes with a pass success rate of 68%, while Japan had twice as many passes and an accuracy rate of 83. %.



However, the away team also only scored one goal thanks to Junya Ito’s close-range kick in the 17th minute.

This victory puts Japan third in Group B with nine points from five games – one point less than second in Group Australia. In the match on November 16, they were guests of Oman, while Vietnam continued to play at home against Saudi Arabia.

Ngoc Thanh – Lam Thoa

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