Vietnam lost 0-9 to Spain in their last warm-up game ahead of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Friday morning at McLennan Park in Auckland, New Zealand.
Alba Redondo and Althenea Castillo scored to give Spain a 2-0 lead before half-time.
World No. 6 Spain continued to dominate the game and netted seven more goals in the second half, with Hermoso Fuentes, Gonzalez Rodriguez, and Salma Celeste each scoring a brace.
This is a major defeat for the Vietnamese women’s team in preparation for the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup, co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia and scheduled to take place from July 20 to August 20.
|Spanish players celebrate their goal in a friendly against Vietnam at McLennan Park in Auckland, New Zealand, July 14, 2023. Photo: SEFF|
In the three previous friendlies, the squad under Vietnamese head coach Mai Duc Chung lost 0-7 to France, 1-2 to Germany, and 0-2 to New Zealand.
In 2015, Vietnam, under Japanese head coach Norimatsu Takashi, were thrashed 0-11 by Australia in a friendly match in Sydney.
After the game versus Spain, the Vietnamese women will open their Group E campaign against the U.S. on July 22 at 1:00 pm (local time) in Auckland, before taking on Portugal in Hamilton at 2:30 pm on July 27 and the Netherlands in Dunedin at 2:00 pm on August 1.
This is the first time Vietnam have qualifed for a FIFA Women’s World Cup edition in the country’s football history.