Asian Cup 2019: Vietnam preparing a surprise for Iraq
Updated : Tuesday, January 08, 2019 9:52 AM (GMT+0700)

Vietnamese footballersare actively training in preparation for the match against Iraq on January 8,their first game at the AFC Asian Cup 2019 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Vietnamese players in a training session in Abu Dhabi on January 6 - Photo: VNA

Talking to the press before the training session on January6, midfielder Nguyen Van Toan said the whole squad is eager for the match,saying he hopes that they will have a good game and meet expectations.

He added that although Iraq is a strong team in Asia,Vietnamese players are still confident and looking forward to a successfulmatch.

As this is the leading tournament of Asia, the team respectsall of the rivals. Additionally, the players have a clear viewpoint that theymust not be complacent about their achievements over the past year, but stayfocused to get ready for the Asian Cup.

The midfielder hoped that the Asian Cup 2019 will be asuccessful tourney for himself as well as the whole Vietnamese team.

The match against Iraq will kick off at Zayed Sport CityStadium in Abu Dhabi, the UAE, at 5:30pm (UAE time) on January 8.

Vietnam are pooled with Iran, Iraq and Yemen in Group D ofthe AFC Asian Cup 2019.

After playing Iraq, the team will face Asian heavyweightsIran on January 12 before wrapping up their group stage journey with a matchagainst Yemen on January 16.

In a recent interview with Tasnim News Agency of Iran, head coach Park Hang-seo said the firstgoal of Vietnam – the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 champions – is to qualify for the knockoutstage of the tournament.

Source: VNA

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