Vietnam can cause some shocks on its first appearance in the final stages of World Cup 2022 qualifiers, said an article on Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald on July 1.
Tran Minh Vuong scores a goal in a match against the UAE on June 15 (Photo: VNA)
The article said that as one of the fastest growing football countries in Asia, Vietnam has invested a lot in football programmes and their promising youth are now advancing to the senior team, they have incredible talents like Nguyen Quang Hai.
Based on the draw results announced the same day by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), the Vietnamese team will be in Group B, with Australia, China, Japan, Saudi Arabia and Oman.
Meanwhile, Group A includes the Republic of Korea and the five West Asian squads of Iran, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.
The groups’ top teams and runners-up will qualify for the 2022 Qatar FIFA World Cup.
Meanwhile, two third-place squads are to face each other and then the winner will play a match with a representative from other continent for a berth at the world's biggest football event.
Vietnam made history for advancing to the third and final round of the World Cup qualifiers for the first time. They were placed in Pot 6 among six groups for the draw, together with Lebanon.
With two wins and one loss in the final matches in Group G of the second qualifiers hosted by the UAE, Vietnam earned 2.79 more points and ranked 11th among 12 teams competing in the third qualifiers./.
Vietnam are pooled in Group B alongside Japan, Australia, Saudi Arabia, China and Oman in the third round of the 2022 World Cup Asian qualifiers, revealed at online draw held in Malaysia on July 1.