In the last match of the group stage last night, Jordan’s defeat against Australia helped the fate of Vietnam to be decided when the match against the host UAE was not over.
Although unable to decide for themselves, when it comes to comparing the results between the second-placed teams, coach Park Hang-seo’s team outperforms the three Tajikistan, Lebanon and Jordan teams, thus entering the group of five second-place teams with the best results in the competition. the rankings of 8 second-placed teams and go on to the third qualifying round of the 2022 World Cup in Asia.
Vietnam and the four best runners-up teams including China, Oman, Iraq and Lebanon will join the top seven teams in the group, namely Syria, Australia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Japan, South Korea and the UAE, to participate in the final qualifying round. .
In the third qualifying round of the World Cup, these 12 teams will be divided into 2 groups. According to the rules for selecting the seed team, the third qualifying round of the 2022 World Cup in Asia will be divided into 6 seed groups, 2 teams each, based on the rankings on the FIFA rankings in May 2021. Accordingly, Vietnam will be in group 6 with Lebanon and face the risk of falling into the “group of death”.
Meanwhile, Japan (28th) and Iran (31st) are in the 1st seed group. Next, South Korea (39th) and Australia (41st) are in the 2nd seed group. Therefore, Vietnam Tel can be in the same table with both Korea and Japan.
Coach Park Hang-seo is facing the opportunity to face his Korean team in the third qualifying round. In addition, Vietnam can also meet the UAE again. While Japan is also an opponent that Vietnam used to cause difficulties in the Asian Cup 2019. Besides, a competition with neighboring China will also bring a lot of emotions.
As planned, the draw ceremony for the third qualifying round of the World Cup 2022 will be held on June 24 in Malaysia. The first match of the 3rd qualifying round will begin on September 2, and end on March 29, 2022. Teams will compete in a round-robin format for 2 rounds.
After the 3rd qualifying round, the top 4 teams of 2 groups will win tickets to the 2022 World Cup final round. 2 3rd place teams will face off against each other to compete for a spot in the intercontinental play-off match.
With the first time in history reaching the final round of the World Cup qualifiers, Vietnam Tel is expected to create a surprise. However, realistically, the most likely opportunity for our team is to compete for 3rd place to enter the play-offs.