Vietnam prepare for UAE clash

By Lam Thoa   June 14, 2021 | 06:18 pm GMT+7
The national team have returned to training ahead of their big World Cup qualifier against UAE.
Vietnam prepare for UAE clash

After a day off, the national team resumed training Sunday night. Head coach Park Hang-seo spent lots of time in discussion with his ahead of the UAE match, from which he will be absent due to suspension.

Vietnam prepare for UAE clash

According to Asian Football Confederation rules, Park is banned from entering the locker room, appearing in the stadium tunnel and the technical area (including for reserve players). He can only sit in the stands and cannot communicate with anyone related to the game. Park is also not allowed to take part in the post-match interview and media activities on the field.

Vietnam prepare for UAE clash

Assistant coach Lee Young-jin (front) will be standing in for Park. The 58-year-old has been Park’s assistant since late 2017.

Vietnam prepare for UAE clash

A former South Korean national player, Lee is full of experience and skills. Respected by one and all, he is the main instructor in all of Vietnam’s training sessions.

Vietnam prepare for UAE clash

Midfielder Nguyen Quang Hai will return to the squad for this match. The 24-year-old was absent against Malaysia, also due to suspension.

Vietnam prepare for UAE clash

Forward Nguyen Van Toan is also fully fit for the game. He was injured when playing Indonesia and only appeared in the last 20 minutes of the second half against Malaysia. He left his mark on the game by earning a penalty that helped Vietnam seal their 2-1 victory.

Vietnam prepare for UAE clash

Nguyen Tien Linh is the number one striker. He scored in both matches against Indonesia and Malaysia. Back in 2019 when Vietnam faced UAE in the World Cup qualifiers, Linh scored the only goal to get Vietnam the victory.

Vietnam prepare for UAE clash

Vietnam are leading group G with 17 points. They only need a draw against UAE to secure a slot in the final qualifying round. A loss will drop them to second and they will have to compare their results with seven other second-placed teams, all competing for five slots.

 
 
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