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Vietnam players in comfortable state ahead of Japan clash

By Lam Thoa   November 9, 2021 | 10:45 pm PT
During the training session at My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi Tuesday, Vietnam players seemed to be in the best conditions before facing Japan.
Vietnam players in comfortable state ahead of Japan clash

The team had their only training session in the newly revamped My Dinh Stadium Tuesday night, with the ideal weather.

Vietnam players in comfortable state ahead of Japan clash

All players are in good form, including midfielder Tran Minh Vuong (front), who has fully recovered from injury.

Vietnam players in comfortable state ahead of Japan clash

The players trained with a comfortable mentality. Captain Que Ngoc Hai (2nd from right) said despite not having any point after four games, the team have shown great fighting spirit and will try to make something out of the game with Japan.

Vietnam players in comfortable state ahead of Japan clash

Coach Park Hang-seo is under pressure after Vietnam lost their first four matches against Saudi Arabia, Australia, China and Oman.

Vietnam players in comfortable state ahead of Japan clash

The goalkeeper position has Park worried. While main keeper Dang Van Lam is out for four months due to a serious injury, keeper Nguyen Van Toan also has a shoulder problem. On Monday, Park had to call up a keeper from the U23 team.

Vietnam players in comfortable state ahead of Japan clash

Bui Tan Truong was the number one choice when Vietnam played the last three games of the second World Cup qualifying round in June, when Lam couldn't join the team due to Covid-19.

Vietnam players in comfortable state ahead of Japan clash

Nguyen Tien Linh (right) is Vietnam’s number one striker. In the second round, he scored five goals and netted two more in the final round so far.

Vietnam players in comfortable state ahead of Japan clash

Nguyen Quang Hai (right) is the key midfielder for Vietnam. He is the first Vietnamese player to score in the final round of World Cup qualifiers with a beauty against Saudi Arabia.

Vietnam players in comfortable state ahead of Japan clash

Unlike the players, coach Park kept a straight face throughout the training session.

Vietnam will play Japan on Thursday at 7 p.m. In 2019, the two teams met in the quarterfinals of Asian Cup, in which Japan won 1-0.

 
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