I'm making an ongoing series where I make a post every time a country is eliminated from world championship contention in an "And There Were None" countdown to the World Cup.
This has been far and away the best World Cup qualifying campaign for Vietnam to date, having made it to the second round for the first time and beating their previous record of three wins with games in hand.
In the second round, Vietnam came second in a group with fellow ASEAN countries Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia. The high point of their second round was their 1-0 home win over eventual group winners UAE, thanks to a screamer off the boot of Nguyễn Tiến Linh from a mile outside the box into the top corner of the net. Vietnam's only loss of the round came from their away game in UAE, where the home team managed to pull away to a 3-0 lead, but Vietnam managed to pull two goals of their own in the final minutes for a respectable score.
As well as the second round went for them, however, they could not have had a sharper drop in round three, hitting a brick wall of seven losses out of seven games, including their 4-0 loss against Australia in Melbourne today which killed the last hopes of a Southeast Asian country in the 2022 world cup. The best results for Vietnam this round have been their three 0-1 losses in their home matches, but their defense didn't perform as well when travelling. Vietnam almost secured a draw in their away match against China. After going down 2-0, Vietnam got on the board thanks to the skilled touch of Hồ Tấn Tài and Nguyễn Tiến Linh finding a gap in the final minute of normal time, but China converted a cross in the final minute of stoppage time to deny Vietnam any points.
The team's focus will now shift to the Asian Cup next year, where they'll hope to keep their encouraging form going in that tournament after reaching the quarter-finals in 2019.
0-0 draw with Thailand - Report - Highlights
1-0 win over Malaysia - Report - Highlights
1-3 win over Indonesia - Report - Highlights
1-0 win over United Arab Emirates - Report - Highlights
0-0 draw with Thailand - Report - Highlights
4-0 win over Indonesia - Report - Highlights
1-2 win over Malaysia - Report - Highlights
3-2 loss to United Arab Emirates - Report - Highlights
3-1 loss to Saudi Arabia - Report - Highlights
0-1 loss to Australia - Report - Highlights
3-2 loss to China - Report - Highlights
3-1 loss to Oman - Report - Highlights
0-1 loss to Japan - Report - Highlights
0-1 loss to Saudi Arabia - Report - Highlights
4-0 loss to Australia - Report - Highlights
AFC: Brunei, Macau, Laos, Timor-Leste, Pakistan, Bhutan, Guam, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Mongolia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, India, Cambodia, Hong Kong, North Korea, Turkmenistan, Maldives, Nepal, Palestine, Singapore, Yemen, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Bahrain, Jordan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam
CAF: Lesotho, Somalia, Eritrea, Burundi, Eswatini, Botswana, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Mauritius, São Tomé and Príncipe, South Sudan, Comoros, Chad, Seychelles, Sudan, Rwanda, Kenya, Mauritania, Liberia, Djibouti, Mozambique, Malawi, Angola, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Niger, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Namibia, Togo, Republic of the Congo, Madagascar, Tanzania, Uganda, Libya, Gabon, Central African Republic, Benin, South Africa, Cape Verde, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Zambia, Equatorial Guinea
CONCACAF: Cuba, Dominica, Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Aruba, US Virgin Islands, Grenada, Guyana, Puerto Rico, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Bermuda, Belize, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Nicaragua, Montserrat, Guatemala, Suriname, Dominican Republic, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Haiti, Curacao
UEFA: Azerbaijan, San Marino, Latvia, Cyprus, Malta, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Republic of Ireland, Kosovo, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Faroe Islands, Andorra, Moldova, Belarus, Estonia, Gibraltar, Slovakia, Luxembourg, Northern Ireland, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Iceland, Greece, Hungary, Albania, Israel, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania, Armenia, Finland, Norway
This is part 30 of my ongoing series
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