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Vietnam lose 0-1 to Saudi Arabia in World Cup qualifiers

By Hoang Nguyen       NOV. 16, 2021

Vietnam put up a solid performance but suffered the second defeat against Saudi Arabia in the World Cup qualifiers Tuesday.

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    Game over

    The ball found Van Duc's head again from a corner but it didn't go in. That was also the last chance for Vietnam in the game. Saudi Arabia secured three points with the 1-0 victory at My Dinh.

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    Saudi Arabia made two substitutions to buy more time.

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    Phan Van Duc was put in a comfortable position to shoot, but he didn't hit the target.

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    Four minutes are added to the second half.

  • 85'

    The referee gave Nguyen Van Toan a yellow for diving inside the box.

  • 82'

    Thanh Chung got a yellow after trying to stop an attack. Freekick for Saudi Arabia.

  • 78'
    VAR denied goal

    Nguyen Thanh Chung was robbed of possession and Saudi Arabia netted again with a tap-in. However, after reviewing the situation on VAR, the referee called off the goal as Chung was fouled.

  • 69'

    Captain Ngoc Hai caught a volley right at the edge of the box but his bouncing effort went wide of goal.

  • 67'

    Saudi Arabia made their first substitution: Al-Shehri out for Firas Al-Birakan.

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    Vietnam have tried to increase their offense in the second half. Photo by Lam Thoa

Vietnam are last in group B with five defeats and zero points, while Saudi Arabia are at the top with 13 points.

The two teams played the first leg in Saudi Arabia in early September. Vietnam opened the score but a red card and a penalty made the way for Saudi Arabia in the second half as they scored three goals to win 3-1.

On FIFA rankings, Vietnam are at 98th and Saudi Arabia 49th.

In the most recent encounters between the two teams, Vietnam lost all three.

The target of Vietnam in this game remains unchanged, which is to get at least a point.

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