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Vietnam to play Saudi Arabia in U23 Asian Cup quarterfinals

By Lam Thoa   June 10, 2022 | 12:12 am PT
Vietnam to play Saudi Arabia in U23 Asian Cup quarterfinals
Coach Sadd Al-Shehri on the sideline of Saudi Arabia-UAE game in U23 Asian Cup on June 9, 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Lam Thoa
After the last fixture of group D in U23 Asian Cup, Vietnam's quarterfinal opponent has been revealed as Saudi Arabia.

On Thursday night, Saudi Arabia won 2-0 against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to top group D, above Japan thanks to a better goal difference although both teams have four points.

Saudi Arabia will face Vietnam, who are second in group C, while Japan plays South Korea, who tops group C.

"I haven't watched Vietnam play, but it surely won't be an easy game. They managed to get past the group stage, so definitely not a weak team," Saudi Arabia coach Saad Al-Shehri said after the Thursday game.

After the game with UAE, Saudi Arabia won't have the service of two key players in the quarterfinals due to an excess of yellow cards in the group stage.

But Al-Shehri is not worried.

"My team have many other good players and I believe they can defeat any opponent. I don’t know anything about Vietnam in this tournament, but we have time and we will do our research carefully," he said.

Vietnam and Saudi Arabia will play the quarterfinals on Sunday at 11 p.m. (Hanoi time). The game will be reported live on VnExpress International.

 
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