Vietnam Futsal clings to World Cup hopes through the playoff series

In a gripping quarterfinal match at the 2024 AFC Futsal Asian Championship, the Vietnam national futsal team narrowly lost to Uzbekistan with a score of 1-2, setting their path towards the FIFA Futsal World Cup through the play-off rounds.

During the match, Vietnam showed commendable performance, initially taking the lead with a goal from Thinh Phat at the 17th minute. However, Uzbekistan displayed their higher ranking and experience in the second half, overturning the scoreline with goals from Elbek Tulkinov and Sunatulla Juraev.

Despite numerous opportunities created, the Vietnamese team struggled to convert their chances into additional goals. This loss means Vietnam now faces the challenge of securing their World Cup spot through the upcoming play-off matches.

The first of these critical encounters will be against the Kyrgyzstan futsal team, scheduled for 4 PM on April 26th. The Vietnamese team’s journey to the World Cup now hinges on their performance in these play-offs, starting with a must-win game against Kyrgyzstan.

The coach of Vietnam’s team, highlighted in post-match comments, expressed pride in the team’s efforts but acknowledged the need for sharper finishing in front of goal. He stressed the importance of focus and mental preparation as the team heads into the play-offs, emphasizing that every game from now on is akin to a final.

As Vietnam prepares for its upcoming play-off match, the team remains hopeful and determined to secure a place in the World Cup. The support from fans back home continues to buoy the spirits of the players, who are eager to demonstrate their resilience and skill on this international stage. The upcoming game against Kyrgyzstan is not just a chance for redemption but also an opportunity to showcase the growth and potential of Vietnamese futsal on the world stage.

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