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Vietnam still aim points at halfway mark of FIFA World Cup qualifiers

Vietnam still aim points at halfway mark of FIFA World Cup qualifiers

Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 11:49 GMT+7
Vietnam still aim points at halfway mark of FIFA World Cup qualifiers
Saudi and Vietnamese players in action during their opening game in the final round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers at King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, September 2, 2021. Photo: The Asian Football Confederation

Vietnam resolve to earn their very first points in the final FIFA World Cup qualification round in this coming clash against Saudi Arabia on home soil at 7:00 pm on Tuesday.

The game will be broadcast live from Hanoi on Vietnam Television’s VTV6, streaming service FPT Play, and Internet-based TV service VTVCab ON. 

In the first leg against Saudi Arabia in Riyadh on September 2, Vietnam lost 1-3 despite taking the lead in the third minute.

Saudi Arabia currently sit atop Group B with 13 points after five matches in the final round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers.

Meanwhile, with zero points from the five matches, Vietnam are rooted to the bottom of the group, which also includes Japan, Australia, Oman, and China.

Vietnam already lost 0-1 to Australia, 2-3 to China, 1-3 to Oman, and most recently 0-1 to Japan on Thursday last week.

Against all odds, Vietnam have maintained their target of winning points in the remaining five matches, starting with the Saudi Arabia game.

“The Vietnamese have been competitive in almost all their outings, which have included single-goal defeats to Australia and Japan, and should be aiming to pick up a win or two in the second half of the campaign,” Gabriel Tan, Singapore correspondent for ESPN with a focus on Asian football, wrote in an article on Monday.

In addition to the Vietnam - Saudi Arabia matchup, several other teams will go head-to-head on Tuesday, including Lebanon and the UAE, Australia and China, Iraq and South Korea, Oman and Japan, and Syria and Iran.

The final round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers is contested by two groups of six teams.

The top two teams from each group will qualify for next year’s tournament while the third-place teams will play for a spot via an inter-continental play-off.

This is the first time Vietnam have made it this far in the World Cup qualifiers.

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