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Vietnam take Myanmar seriously in women’s football qualifier for Tokyo 2020

Thursday, February 06, 2020, 15:39 GMT+7
Vietnam take Myanmar seriously in women’s football qualifier for Tokyo 2020
A poster of Vietnam’s opening match in the Tokyo Olympics 2020’s third qualifying round against Myanmar

The Vietnamese women’s national football team are all in for their opening match against Myanmar in the Tokyo Olympics 2020’s third qualifying round in South Korea on Thursday.

The game will take place at Jeju World Cup Stadium in the southern island province of Jeju at 5:00 pm (Vietnam time).

Myanmar suffered a crushing 0-7 defeat against South Korea in their group’s opener on Monday.

Despite recently beating Myanmar 4-0 in the group stage at the 2019 AFF (ASEAN Football Federation) Women’s Championship in Thailand last August, Vietnam consider the Myanmarese tough opponents.

“We may have beaten them earlier but that is in the past and now they have improved a lot. Myanmar also understand our team well after the 2019 SEA [Southeast Asian] Games in the Philippines,” Vietnam’s head coach Mai Duc Chung was quoted by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) as saying before Thursday’s match.

Vietnam were the champions at the 2019 SEA Games while Myanmar were bronze medalists.

After Myanmar, Vietnam will take on strong opponents South Korea on Sunday.

The AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament is a quadrennial international football competition organized by the AFC to determine which women's national teams from Asia qualify for the Olympic football tournament.

The third round of the 2020 tournament is taking place in South Korea for all matches in Group A and in Australia for all fixtures in Group B from February 3 to 9.

In this round, the eight strongest teams in Asia are divided into two groups.

Vietnam are in Group A with South Korea, Myanmar, and North Korea, while Group B consists of Taiwan, Australia, China, and Thailand.

The top two teams from each group will advance to the play-offs for two berths to join hosts Japan in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

North Korea announced their withdrawal from the event in December for an undisclosed reason, making qualifying for the next round that much easier for the Golden Girls.

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