Australia vs Vietnam Final – LIVE Football Reddit Score 27 Jan 2022
The Socceroos take on Vietnam in what is undoubtedly a must-win World Cup qualifying clash, but there is a high probability that Graham Arnold will be absent from the dugout. Arnold has been isolating in Melbourne after testing positive for Covid and although he is due to emerge from isolation on the day of the game, a quick turnaround to be with the team at AAMI Park in Melbourne for the game looks unlikely. A 2-1 loss to Japan was followed by draws against Saudi Arabia and China, leaving the Aussies in third place in Group B, one point behind second-placed Japan and five behind group leaders Saudi Arabia.
In his absence, assistant coaches Rene Meulensteen and Tony Vidmar have taken charge of the training sessions and will be the ones barking out instructions on the sideline on Thursday night, although Arnold maintains a digital presence among the squad according to defender Milos Degenek. The Vietnam game comes at a crucial juncture for the Socceroos in their bid to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar later this year as they are winless in their previous three games after an 11-game win streak.
As their quest to qualify for Australia’s fifth-straight World Cup Finals heats up, only victory will do for Graham Arnold’s side against Vietnam in front of what will be a huge crowd in Melbourne. Vietnam have yet to pick up a point in this phase of qualifying but could be a stubborn opponent, with Australia only picking up a 1-0 victory in their first meeting last September. While Vietnam’s hopes of reaching the World Cup Finals in Qatar is already extinguished, the Socceroos remain firmly in the hunt for one of the two automatic qualification spots in Group B. A win against their 98th ranked opponents would see the Socceroos keep pace with Saudi Arabia and Japan at the top of the standings and keep alive hopes of securing a spot at an historic fifth consecutive FIFA World Cup.
Helping Australia’s cause is the return of some key personnel for this clash, including key playmakers Aaron Mooy and Tom Rogic. The duo will add further creativity in midfield, off-setting the absence of Adjin Hrustic through suspension. There are also three uncapped players from the A-League Men’s in the squad, with Melbourne City’s Marco Tilio, Sydney FC left-back Joel King and Central Coast’s Kye Rowles all earning their first senior call up. It’s been an interesting build-up for the Australia squad with Arnold forced to isolate away from the squad due to returning a positive COVID-19 result. But the Green and Gold won’t let that be a distraction as they go all-out for a crucial three points in Australia’s first match in Melbourne since 2017. Elsewhere in Group B, Japan hosts China while group leaders Saudi Arabia are at home against Oman.
Australia will endeavour to march to a simple three points in World Cup 2022 Qualifying when they welcome Vietnam to Melbourne for Thursday’s AFC third-round tie.
Graham Arnold’s side currently occupy third spot in the section – which would lead to a place in the fourth round – while the visitors enter the contest without a single point to their name.
After navigating the first two rounds of World Cup 2022 Qualifying with ease, Australia have since come unstuck in round three and are facing quite the battle to confirm automatic qualification for the Qatar tournament.
Graham Arnold’s side opened Group B with three successive victories, but pitting their wits against the big boys has led to a downturn in fortunes, with Saudi Arabia, Japan and China all taking points off Australia in their last three matches.
The Socceroos were on course to record a slender win over China courtesy of Mitchell Duke’s effort before Wu Lei levelled the scores from the penalty spot, and Arnold’s side now find themselves in third place – one point behind second-placed Japan and five adrift of leaders Saudi Arabia.
Australia ought to feel confident about their chances of progressing via the intercontinental play-offs should it come to that, but a top-two finish is still firmly within their reach ahead of a crunch battle with Japan in March.
A goalless draw at home to Saudi Arabia back in November ended a 10-game winning streak at home in World Cup Qualifying for Australia, but not since 2008 have the Socceroos suffered defeat on familiar territory at this stage, which does not bode well for their winless opponents.
In stark contrast, Vietnam’s World Cup 2022 Qualifying third-round period could not have been a more torrid affair for the world’s 98th-ranked nation, who are without a single point let alone a win from their opening six games in Group B.
Vietnam are still in with the slimmest of chances of finishing third and keeping their Qatar hopes alive via the playoff route, but even the most ardent Golden Star Warriors supporter would accept that such an eventuality is nothing more than a mere fantasy at this point.
This week’s visitors have scored a group-low four goals and conceded a group-high 12 in the third round so far – letting in an average of two per game – and their title of ASEAN Football Federation champions also came to an end in December’s tournament, with Thailand eliminating them in the semi-finals.
Park Hang-seo’s side also head into the clash with Australia having conceded three goals in each of their last four World Cup Qualifying games away from home, but the Socceroos could only record a 1-0 win in the first meeting between the two sides thanks to Rhyan Grant’s effort.
Australian playmaker Ajdin Hrustic will miss this game through suspension due to an accumulation of bookings, so either Tom Rogic or Aaron Mooy could fill the void behind Duke.
Mathew Ryan and Aziz Behich will reportedly only have one training session with the Socceroos before Thursday’s game due to late arrivals from Europe, so there may be scope for uncapped left-back Joel King to earn some minutes here.
Arnold is unlikely to name an inexperienced side given his team’s desperate need for points, as Martin Boyle and Mathew Leckie provide some potentially crucial experience in the wide areas.
As for Vietnam, both Tuan Anh Nguyen and Thanh Chung Nguyen are suspended for this fixture after picking up their second yellow cards of the group last time out, although the former is not in the squad for this round of fixtures anyway.
Thanh Chung’s spot in the back three could be filled by Dung Tien Bui alongside Thanh Binh Nguyen, as 60-cap centre-back Ngoc Hai Que remains absent.
Striker Cong Phuong Nguyen – the highest goalscorer in the current squad with 11 strikes to his name – was only used as a substitute in the AFF semi-final defeat to Thailand but will expect to return up front here.