Vietnam enter easy group in Women’s Asian Cup qualifiers

By Hoang Nguyen   June 25, 2021 | 12:06 am PT
Vietnam enter easy group in Women’s Asian Cup qualifiers
The Vietnam national women's football team. Photo by VnExpress/Duc Dong.
A draw on Thursday put Vietnam into group B of Women’s Asian Cup qualifiers along with weaker opponents.

Vietnam are expected to have no difficulties in facing Tajikistan, Maldives and Afghanistan, with all group B games to be hosted in Tajikistan.

In FIFA rankings, Vietnam currently rank 33rd, followed by Tajikistan (135th), Maldives (144th) and Afghanistan (152th).

"The opponents are ranked much lower, but Vietnam cannot let their guard drop. I think we have a really great chance to advance. However, we have to respect every opponent and prepare the best for this qualifiers," head coach Mai Duc Chung said.

Groups at the 2022 Womens Asian Cup.

Groups at the 2022 Women's Asian Cup.

Based on the previous edition of Women’s Asian Cup in 2018, champions Japan, runners-up Australia, third-placed China and the hosts of this year’s tournament India have all directly qualified for the 2022 edition, set to take place from January 20 to February 6.

The remaining 28 teams in the qualifiers, scheduled for September 13 - 25, are divided into eight groups, in which there are four groups of four and four groups of three. The top team of each group will qualify for the main event.

Women’s Asian Cup 2023 will also act as the final qualifying round for Women’s World Cup 2023, with the top five teams qualifying directly while two more teams enter the inter-continental playoffs.

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