China lose home advantage in Vietnam clash

By Hoang Nguyen, Lam Thoa   September 10, 2021 | 02:26 pm GMT+7
China lose home advantage in Vietnam clash
U22 Vietnam (in white) beat U22 China 2-0 in a friendly on September 8, 2019. Photo by VnExpress/Lam Thoa
The UAE will host the upcoming World Cup qualifying game between China and Vietnam in October.

Since the Chinese goverment required two-week quarantine for any international arrivals and didn’t make an exception for away teams, China Football Association (CFA) chose Sharijah Stadium in UAE to play Vietnam on Oct 7. Previously, China also played their home match at a centralized venue, against Japan in Qatar on Sept. 7.

To prepare for the clash with Vietnam, China already travelled to UAE on Thursday for training, one month before the game.

China are at the bottom of group B, right below Vietnam. They lost two games like Vietnam but didn’t score any goal and didn’t even have any single shot on goal.

"I hope the players will treat each of the remaining games like a final. I truly expect them to have that kind of spirit when we face Vietnam," coach Li Tie told Chinese media.

During one month in UAE, the Chinese players would work on their stamina and play some friendlies with stronger teams.

Meanwhile, Vietnam will let their players have some days off before returning to training on Sept. 16.

Vietnam lost 1-3 in an away game against Saudi Arabia and then 0-1 to Australia in Hanoi.

 
 
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