Vietnam only need a draw to qualify for U23 Asian Cup

By Xuan Binh   November 1, 2021 | 03:00 am PT
Vietnam only need a draw to qualify for U23 Asian Cup
Midfielder Nguyen Hai Long (C) dribbles in the U23 Asian Cup qualifiers between Vietnam and Taiwan on October 27, 2021. Photo by Vietnam Football Federation
A draw against Myanmar will see Vietnam secure a place at 2022 U23 Asian Cup.

After two group I games in U23 Asian Cup qualifiers, Vietnam and Myanmar are sharing the first position with three points each, as they scored victories against Taiwan. Vietnam and Myanmar will enter the decisive match on Tuesday to compete for the top of group I.

If two teams draw after 90 minutes, they will enter a penalty shootout to determine the winner.

But even if Vietnam lose the penalty shootout, they will still advance as one of the best second-placed teams. The top team of each group and the four best second-placed teams will qualify.

In 11 groups of the qualifiers, seven have concluded (A, B, E, G, H, J and K). In group J, Thailand have already advanced with four points. In other groups, second-placed teams that stand a great chance to advance are Tajikistan and Cambodia with three points each.

Group D and F are not concluded, but the second-placed teams there won’t be able to get more than three points in the last games. For group C and I, any team who have four points after the last games will advance.

Therefore, Vietnam only need a draw against Myanmar in the last match to qualify, since the penalty shootout is only used to decide the first position.

U23 Asian Cup 2022 will take place from June 1 to 19 in Uzbekistan with the participation of 16 teams.

Vietnam finished as runners up of the tournament in 2018 but were eleminated early in 2020.

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