A rich reception for “Al-Akhdar” with flowers in Vietnam… and the exercises start today

Saudis were keen to motivate the players and take pictures with them at Hanoi airport

The Saudi team arrived in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, yesterday, on a private plane from Sydney, Australia, in preparation for the “Green” match against Vietnam next Tuesday, in the sixth round of the final Asian qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Upon its arrival at Nabi Bai International Airport, the mission was received by the Chargé d’Affairs at the Kingdom’s embassy in Vietnam, Webar Al-Basir, and Chief of Protocol Salman bin Salem.

Al-Akhdar players were received with a very warm welcome and were presented with bouquets of green roses, while a number of Saudis residing there were keen to participate in receiving the players, take memorial photos with them and obtain their signatures, as well as motivate them for more victories on their way to the Qatar World Cup 2022.

The Saudi Green will open its training in preparation for facing Vietnam this evening (Saturday), which will mostly be reflexive exercises for the players participating in the Australia match, in which the Saudi team drew 0-0 without goals to continue its presence at the top of the group.

The Saudi team had announced its schedule, which will include three training sessions, including today’s (Saturday), in addition to the main training session that will be held on Sunday evening, provided that Al-Akhdar concludes its preparations with an exercise on the match stadium, Mai Dinh Stadium.

French Hervé Renard will hold a press conference before the upcoming confrontation next Tuesday, with the participation of one of the players to talk about the confrontation with Vietnam, which Al-Akhdar succeeded in winning the confrontation that brought them together during the first round.

It is noteworthy that the delegation of the Saudi national team will return to the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on Wednesday, after completing the confrontation with Vietnam, on a private plane that will carry the mission to Riyadh.

The Saudi green is looking forward to achieving a valuable victory against its counterpart Vietnam to continue its presence in the lead and increase its chances of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup for the sixth time in its history and the second in a row, after it succeeded in achieving qualification in the last qualifiers towards the World Cup in Russia.

It is noteworthy that the Saudi Green has faced Vietnam in 3 previous matches throughout history, and in all official competitions and tournaments, and even friendly confrontations.

About twenty years ago, the first Saudi team met with its counterpart Vietnam as part of the two teams’ journey to qualify for the final stage of the Asian qualifiers for the 2002 World Cup, before the meeting was renewed last September between the two teams in the same qualifiers.

Promising on the details of the two confrontations that brought together the Saudi green team and its counterpart the Vietnamese team in the 2002 World Cup qualifiers, the victory was Al-Akhdar’s ally in the February confrontation of the same year, in which the national Nasser Al-Jawhar was attending as coach of the Saudi Green team, who succeeded in crushing his guest, the Vietnam national team, in the competitions The group stage scored 5-0 and then 4-0 in the two matches that were held in Dammam. Its most prominent star was Talal Al-Mishal, who scored five goals, while Sami Al-Jaber scored three goals, and the only goal of striker Obaid Al-Dosari.

After that date, the two teams did not meet again at any of the competitive levels, even as a matter of friendly confrontations, according to the official website of the Saudi national team, where all the names that faced the Vietnam national team bid farewell to the stadiums due to retirement, the last of whom was Muhammad Al-Shalhoub, who retired the season before last. Before the meeting between the Saudi Green and its Vietnamese counterpart was renewed after twenty years in the first round confrontation that was held at the Mursool Park Stadium in the capital, Riyadh, and the Saudi Green won it by three goals to one. The Saudi goals that were witnessed in the first round match were signed by Salem Al-Dosari and then Yasser Al-Shahrani, the player who was absent from next Tuesday’s match due to injury, while the third goal was scored by Saleh Al-Shehri, the Saudi striker Al-Akhdar.

The Saudi green appears in a better technical condition compared to its Vietnamese counterpart, and its chances of winning and grabbing the three match points appear largely in light of several factors, including the technical differences between the two teams, in addition to the experience factor that gives the Saudi team a great advantage.

The Saudi team is currently leading its second group with 13 points, after Al-Akhdar made an ideal and unprecedented start in the history of its participation in the qualifiers, as it succeeded in winning four consecutive matches before its last draw against Australia without suffering any loss so far.

The Saudi team and its Vietnamese counterpart include Australia, Japan, Oman and China in the second group, with the leader of each group and runner-up qualifying for the 2022 World Cup, while the third place in the two groups goes to the play-off match.

The Australian team is in second place with ten points, while Japan is in third place with nine points, and Oman comes fourth with seven points after its draw against China in the last round, while the Chinese Dragon is attending fifth with four points, and the balance of the national team is empty Vietnam from any point so far after losing all the matches he played in the qualifiers.

The Saudi green is living in great harmony under the leadership of French Herve Renard, who has been leading it for more than two years, and is aware of the importance of the points against Vietnam next Tuesday night, which will give him more chances to qualify for the Qatar World Cup 2022.


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