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Vietnam continue FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign with Socceroos clash

Vietnam continue FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign with Socceroos clash

Thursday, January 27, 2022, 10:57 GMT+7
Vietnam continue FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign with Socceroos clash
Vietnamese players train for their match against hosts Australia in the final round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers, January 26, 2022. Photo: Vietnam Football Federation

Vietnam will resume their 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian qualification campaign on Australia’s home turf on Thursday afternoon.

The Matchday Seven encounter will take place at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium at 4:10 pm (Vietnam time) and be broadcast live on both national channel VTV6 and the FPT Play platform.

Australia are in third place in the standings, behind pacesetters Saudi Arabia and second-placed Japan, while Vietnam are still seeking their first points after losing all six of their matches to date. 

TheSocceroos'head coach Graham Arnold will not be on the touchline in Melbourne, having tested positive for the coronvirus. 

His assistant, Rene Meulensteen, will deputize in his absence. 

The Socceroos are yearning to end a poor run after they began their World Cup qualifying campaign with three successive victories before October’s defeat in Japan was followed by back-to-back draws against Saudi Arabia and China, leading to a descent into third place and a fall from automatic qualification.  

This, combined with their home field advantage, promises to bring about a tough game for Vietnam, who have been competing in the final round of the Asian qualifiers for the first time and have found the step-up in quality to be a great challenge. 

The Vietnamese side suffered a narrow 1-0 loss to Australia in Hanoi when they met on Matchday Two in September 2021.

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 the finals in Qatar in November-December while the third-place teams will vie for a spot via an inter-continental play-off.

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