Vietnam, who will face Jürgen Klinsmann’s South Korea National Team, have lost to China.
Head coach Philippe Trousier’s Vietnam (95th in the FIFA rankings) lost 0-2 to China (80th) in an A-match trial on Tuesday at the Dalian Sports Center Stadium in Dalian, China.
Vietnam will next face Klinsmann’s South Korea at the Suwon World Cup Stadium on Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. in an A-match. Despite the vast difference in objective quality, Klinsmann has called up key players such as Son Heung-min (Tottenham) and Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich). On October 13, Klinsmann’s men will play Tunisia in their first October A match.
After a 0-0 first half, Vietnam was evenly matched with China until the 11th minute of the second half. However, they conceded a goal in a throw-in situation on the right flank.
China opened the scoring when Liu Yang sent a long cross into the box with his left foot. Wang Qiuming then volleyed in a non-stop right-footed volley to shake the Vietnamese goal.
With the game on the line, Vietnam conceded a wedge goal through Wu Lei in stoppage time. Wu Lei dribbled into the box on his own and had no trouble finding the back of the net against the goalkeeper.
The loss halted Vietnam’s recent A-Match winning streak at three games. Vietnam defeated Hong Kong and Syria 1-0 in back-to-back A matches in June and Palestine 2-0 in September.
Last year, Vietnam defeated China 3-1 in the final Asian qualifier for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar on Feb. 1, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, at the Midine National Stadium in Hanoi.
Led by then-head coach Park Hang-seo, the Golden Generation scored consecutive goals in the ninth, 16th, and 31st minutes of the first half to break down the Chinese. The victory 토토사이트 was a cause for celebration for Vietnam as it marked their historic first win over China. Vietnam had previously lost all seven of their previous meetings with China.
After losing 1-1 to Malaysia and 0-1 to Syria in two A-Match matches in September, the Vietnamese won their first three matches since a 2-0 victory in Palestine on June 20.