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Vietnam pin high hopes on FIFA Futsal World Cup match against Panama

Vietnam pin high hopes on FIFA Futsal World Cup match against Panama

Thursday, September 16, 2021, 11:11 GMT+7
Vietnam pin high hopes on FIFA Futsal World Cup match against Panama
Vietnam’s Khong Dinh Hung (15) celebrates his goal in their Group D opener against Brazil at the FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2021 on September 13, 2021. Photo: Quang Thang / Tuoi Tre

A win for Vietnam’s in their matchup against Panama on Thursday night, their second fixture in Group D of the FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2021, means advancing to the tournament’s Round of 16.

National broadcaster VTV will air the game live on VTV6 from 10:00 pm on Thursday (Vietnam time).

In their first group-stage matches, Vietnam suffered a 1-9 defeat against Brazil while Panama lost 1-5 to the Czech Republic.

The results placed Brazil atop Group D, followed by the Czech Republic, Panama, and Vietnam.

Vietnam and Panama each hope for a victory in order to advance to the Round of 16 as one of the four best third-placed teams.

The Vietnamese side currently sit at 44th in the world rankings. Panama, meanwhile, rank 38th. 

Regardless of the rankings, Vietnam hope improvements made to its defending line following their defeat at the hands of Brazil on Tuesday will be enough to pull out a triumph.

The FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2021 runs from September 12 to October 3.

Of the 24 participating teams, the leaders and runners-up of each of the six groups, as well as the four best third-placed squads, will qualify for the knockout phase.

This is the second time that Vietnam have played in a FIFA Futsal World Cup tournament, following their participation in the 2016 edition in Colombia, where they were eliminated by Russia in the Round of 16.

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