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Vietnam draw Japan in World Cup qualifiers

By Hoang Nguyen       MAR. 29, 2022

Vietnam concluded their journey at the 2022 World Cup qualifiers Tuesday with a surprising 1-1 draw against Japan on the latter's home ground.

  • 90'+6
    Game over

    The visitors Vietnam successfully hold off Japan at their home ground and concluded their journey at the World Cup qualifiers with four points after 10 games.

  • 90'+3

    Van Lam made his first save after going on, blocking Mitoma's pass inside the box.

  • 90'+2

    Duc Chinh received a yellow card for tackling Yuta Nakayama.

  • 90'

    Keeper Nguyen Manh couldn't continue playing due to an injury and he is subbed out for Dang Van Lam, who has just returned from a serious injury last year.

  • 88'
    Japan's goal got rejected again

    Tanaka made a pass for Ueda to tap it in. However, the sideline referee put his flag up as Tanaka was offside and it was a correct decision.

  • 85'

    After 85 minutes, Japan had 24 shots while Vietnam only had one. The host also dominated in possession with 72 percent.

  • 82'

    Multiple crosses made their way into Vietnam's box but still no goal.

  • 78'

    Tanaka once again got a chance to score with a header but Nguyen Manh saved it right on the line. Yoshida missed a sitter as his shot went out to everyone's surprise.

  • 70'
    Japan's goal rejected

    Tanaka tapped in to score for Japan. The referee recognized the goal at first, but VAR showed that the ball has hit the arm of Minamino before finding its way to Tanaka.

    The score remains 1-1.

  • 66'

    Vietnam made the second substitution, this time Nguyen Tuan Anh is out for Nguyen Duc Chien.

Before the game, Vietnam are at the bottom of group B with one win and eight losses, while Japan are at the top and have already qualified for the 2022 World Cup with seven wins and two losses.

In the last four encounters between the two teams, Vietnam lost all of them. In the first leg last year, they lost 0-1 to Japan despite playing at home.

Many key players of Vietnam are absent in Tuesday match due to injuries and Covid-19, while Japan let many important players rest since they have already accomplished their target.

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