Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and the UAE will be quarantined and concentrated in the remaining matches in Group G of the third qualifying round of the 2022 World Cup in Asia.
Representatives of the football federation of five teams in Group G and the Asian Football Federation (AFC) met online on the afternoon of February 17. Due to Covid-19, the parties agreed to quit playing at home and away as before, and will gather in one venue.
The UAE and Thailand have hosted the venue. AFC will evaluate and announce in early March.
All matches will take place in June, from June 3 to June 15, according to the FIFA calendar. The schedule is thick, but AFC will ensure each team gets at least 48 hours of rest between the two matches.
Vietnam is at the top of Group G with an unbeaten record, winning 11 points after five games. Coach Park Hang-seo’s teachers and coaches have three games left, meeting Malaysia, Indonesia and the UAE in turn.
Concentrated competition can be seen as an advantage for Vietnam, because according to the schedule, the team must be guests of Malaysia and the UAE, which are two direct competitors.
Coach Park, after returning to Korea for a holiday, has returned to Vietnam. He said the biggest goal in 2021 is to help Vietnamese football win tickets to the final World Cup qualifiers for the first time, alongside campaigns in the AFF Cup and the SEA Games.