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Vietnam will try their best, Park says ahead of Australia game

Vietnam will try their best, Park says ahead of Australia game

Tuesday, September 07, 2021, 13:47 GMT+7
Vietnam will try their best, Park says ahead of Australia game
This photo supplied by the Vietnam Football Federation shows Vietnamese players training for their match against Australia at My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi, September 6, 2021.

Vietnam will take on Australia on their home soil for the second match in the final stage of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers for Asia on Tuesday evening.

The match will take place behind closed doors at My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi and be broadcast live from 7:00 pm (Vietnam time) on Vietnam Television’s VTV6, FPT Television, and streaming service FPT Play.

Vietnam had lost 1-3 to Saudi Arabia in last Friday’s opening match, which was also their first-ever competition in the third round of the Asian qualifiers, whose result did not tell the whole story as they took the lead after just three minutes at King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh.

Meanwhile, Australia go into Tuesday’s encounter in impressive form, with eight consecutive victories in the second round prior to their 3-0 win over China on Friday.

“Australia played eight qualifying matches [in the second round], scored 28 goals and conceded only two,” said Vietnam’s head coach Park Hang Seo at a pre-match press conference on Monday afternoon.

“They are very powerful opponents. 

“The players are all highly capable, have experience playing in the top leagues in the world, have good physique, and are very good in the air.

“Australia are among the top five teams in Asia, while we are the lowest [in Group B], so every game is difficult. 

Vietnam’s head coach Park Hang Seo speaks at a press conference before their match against Australia in Hanoi, September 6, 2021. Photo: Vietnam Football Federation

Vietnam’s head coach Park Hang Seo speaks at a press conference before their match against Australia in Hanoi, September 6, 2021. Photo: Vietnam Football Federation

“We scored first in the last game but lost it, and we will continue to fight again.

“Tomorrow’s match is also the first game between Vietnam and Australia at the [men’s] national team level, so it’s also very meaningful.

"We will do our best.”

The final round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers for Asia will be played by 12 teams divided into two groups from Thursday to March 29, 2022.

Vietnam are in Group B, alongside Japan, Australia, Saudi Arabia, China, and Oman, while Group A consists of Iran, South Korea, the UAE, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon.

The respective group winners and runners-up will seal their places at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

The third-place teams will advance to the Asian play-off to determine which side will play the intercontinental play-off.

Besides the Vietnam - Australia game, the FPT Television and FPT Play application will also broadcast live matches between South Korea and Lebanon from 6:00 pm on Tuesday, Syria and the UAE from 11:00 pm on Tuesday, and Oman and Saudi Arabia from 11:00 pm on Tuesday -- all in Vietnam time.

In addition to those two platforms, football fans can watch the match between China and Japan from 10:00 pm on Tuesday on VTV5 and VTV6.

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