Laos vs Vietnam LIVE Football Score 21/12/2022
Laos and Vietnam will come up against one another in a battle that will go down at the New Laos National Stadium in Vieniane. Both sides are set to meet on Wednesday for a clash of the 1st round of the AFF Championship. In their previous match, Vietnam met the Philippines at home and it finished in a slender 1:0 win. The team remains unbeaten in two games, recording one draw and one win for the period. Being the host turned out very beneficial in Vietnam’s recent ten encounters, as the sides performing on homeground won five and lost only two. Two of Vietnam’s five previous matches finished with more than 2.5 goals and two saw both sides finding the net. The Vietnamese players managed to prevent their opponents from scoring on one occasion and they failed to net goals on their own in two of those encounters. Over the course of the team’s previous five clashes, the sides scored an average of 2.4 goals.
The outcome of the previous encounter between Laos and Vietnam was an away win for Vietnam, with the final score being 2:0. The match went down on 6th of December 2021. Both nations have met two times across the last five years, and the Vietnamese players triumphed on both occasions. Laos is still to score a goal against Vietnam, who managed to hit a total of five past their opponents in the two recent H2H clashes. None of the games witnessed goals at both ends, while one featured over 2,5 goals.
Laos’s last game ended in a loss when visiting Brunei with the score after the final whistle being 1:0. The team is currently on a losing streak of two matches. In Laos’s last 10 encounters, being the host or playing away was not really a factor that affected the outcome. The teams playing at home won five games, while the visitors won four. Out of the country’s latest 10 clashes, 1 finished without a winner and in a draw. Three of the last five encounters resulted in over 2.5 goals, and two had both teams scoring. During that period, Laos managed to keep one clean sheet while failing to score in two meetings. According to the statistics, the team’s previous five clashes saw an average of 2.80 goals.
Coach Park Hang-seo pointed to Argentina’s loss against Saudi Arabia in the 2022 World Cup as an example of the challenges awaiting Vietnam before AFF Cup opener with Laos on Wednesday.
“The players are ready for the 2022 AFF Cup. But the first game is never easy,” he said at a press conference in Laos on Tuesday. “Even Argentina had a hard time as they lost to Saudi Arabia 1-2 in the opening game, although they went on to win the World Cup. My job is to prepare the players to have the best fighting spirit.”
According to Park, the preparation for this AFF Cup is the same as for other tournaments in the past five years because the style of play and the squad did not have any major changes. However, the health of the team will have to be better managed after Phan Van Duc and Bui Tien Dung both got Covid-19. Duc tested negative on Sunday and so was able to fly to Laos for the game.
“This is good news. Duc has great offensive ability and that has been proven throughout the years,” said Park. “The team needs a player like him to strengthen the attacking line. I hope Duc will have a great tournament.”
This will be Park’s last tournament as the head coach of Vietnam as he has decided not to extend his contract. However, the South Korean coach told the players many times that he does not want to put pressure on the team to win his final Cup coaching them.
“Since my day one here, I have always made the same preparation before a tournament,” Park said. “I don’t want people to use sentences like ‘This is Coach Park’s last tournament with Vietnam.’ I also don’t want to tell the players to do this and that just because it’s my last tournament. I hope people will stop mentioning the words ‘last tournament’.”
Park said that he had carefully researched Vietnam’s opponent and he gave high marks to the Laos team.
“Laos got a new coach from Germany,” he said. “They played four games, two in September and two in December. I watched two of their games and most of the players are under 23. This team are really strong mentally and their coach also wants them to get more control of the ball.”
Vietnam will play Laos on Wednesday at the New Laos National Stadium. Six days later, they will clash with Malaysia at home.
Vietnam Tel announced its goal of winning the AFF Cup 2022 from a year ago, when returning from Singapore after losing to rival Thailand in the semi-finals of the AFF Cup 2020. Vietnam Tel’s determination was continuously reaffirmed. decided in the past, when Quang Hai and his teammates wanted to win the trophy as a gift to thank Coach Park Hang Seo.
Today, Vietnam’s journey to hunt for AFF Cup 2022 gold will begin with a visit to Laos’ national stadium. This is also the place where coach Park Hang Seo’s teachers and students started the campaign to win the AFF Cup 2018, with a 3-0 victory over the home team. The scenario 4 years ago is expected to repeat with Vietnam Tel, in the opening match in particular and the tournament in general. Fans are also waiting for a convincing performance from coach Park Hang Seo’s teachers and students, instead of a “light” 2-0 victory like when they met Laos in the opening match of the AFF Cup 2020 in Singapore.
Currently, Vietnam Tel owns a series of 5 consecutive wins when playing friendly matches with Afghanistan (2-0), Singapore (4-0), India (3-0), Dortmund (2-1) and the Philippines. (1-0). Connecting the above achievement with winning the Chinese team 3-1 and drawing with Japan 1-1 in the 2022 World Cup qualifier earlier this year, Vietnamese football fans have the right to be confident in the performance of the home team at the World Cup. AFF Cup 2022, not just the match against Laos.
More importantly, Vietnam Tel is the team that mobilizes the most powerful force for the AFF Cup 2022 after declaring the championship goal 1 year ago. Except for Cong Phuong’s absence, the brightest stars of Vietnamese football all attended the tournament, including Quang Hai who just returned from Europe.
A convincing victory against Laos on the opening day will be a strong affirmation of Vietnam’s ambitions in the AFF Cup 2022, before welcoming Malaysia in a hinge match in Group B on December 27.