Top Japanese players arrive in Hanoi for World Cup qualifier

By The Quynh   November 9, 2021 | 09:49 pm PT
Japanese players signed to European clubs arrived in Hanoi on Tuesday night, with only one day to prepare for their World Cup qualification clash with Vietnam.

Top Japanese players arrive in Hanoi for World Cup qualification clash, November 9, 2021. Video by VnExpress/The Quynh

Twelve players, including Takumi Minamino (Liverpool), Takehiro Tomiyasu (Arsenal) and captain Mayo Yoshida (Sampdoria), will train with the team for one session Wednesday before playing Vietnam on Thursday.

"I feel like Vietnam are a formidable opponent. It's strange that they haven't got any point in the final round. They have players who can dribble well to escape the pressure from the opposition. Their players are quick and suitable for counter-attacking football. The upcoming game is expected to be difficult so we must prepare carefully and improve our teamwork," veteran left-back Yuto Nagatomo told Soccer King.

Over 20 other members of the Japan national team had arrived in Hanoi on Sunday, along with tons of baggage.

Japan are fourth in group B with six points and need a win against Vietnam if they don't want to be left behind. Meanwhile, Vietnam are still looking for their first point after losing the first four matches against Saudi Arabia, Australia, China and Oman.

The match will take place in My Dinh National Stadium on Thursday at 7 p.m. It will be reported live on VnExpress International.

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