Vietnam have been drawn into Group D of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup along with fierce competitors such as Japan, Iraq, and Indonesia, as revealed in a draw on Thursday. This will serve as a stern test for the Vietnamese team, as these renowned sides are renowned for their strength in the tournament. It promises to be an exciting group stage, as these four countries battle it out to reach the knockout stages.
The 2023 AFC Asian Cup, slated to take place in June and July of 2023, has been rescheduled due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tournament will now be held in Qatar from January 12 to February 10, 2024. China, the original hosts, had to withdraw from the tournament due to the restrictions imposed by the pandemic.
Each team will play the other teams in its group once, with three points awarded for a win, one point for a draw, and none for a loss.
The 24 teams competing in the Asian Cup will take part in a round-robin format, with six groups of four teams each. Every team will face off against the other teams in their group once, with three points being awarded for a victory, one point for a draw, and zero points for a loss.
The top two teams from each group, as well as the four most successful third-placed teams, will progress to the round of 16.
The formidable presence of Japan and Iraq in the same group as Vietnam indicates that the team must contemplate the probability of attaining a spot in the next round as one of the four top-performing third-placed teams.
Japan has won the Asian Cup a record four times, and in 2015 they were the tournament runners-up. Iraq, meanwhile, were crowned the champions in 2007.
Qatar, the reigning champions and the host nation, will compete in Group A alongside China, Tajikistan, and Lebanon in an exciting tournament set to captivate fans from all over the world. With Qatar as the reigning champions, the host nation is sure to bring an electrifying atmosphere to the tournament, as they face off against China, Tajikistan, and Lebanon for a chance to reach the top of Group A. It’s sure to be an enthralling event, and fans everywhere are eagerly awaiting its start.
Group B features 2015 champions Australia alongside Uzbekistan, Syria, and India, while three-time champions Iran will face the United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, and Palestine in Group C.
South Korea, seeking to win the title for the first time since 1960, are grouped with Malaysia, Jordan, and Bahrain in Group E, while Saudi Arabia, who have won the title three times, with the most recent in 1996, will face Thailand, Kyrgyzstan, and Oman in Group F.
Vietnam’s highest achievement at the Asian Cup was reaching the quarterfinals in both 2007 and 2019.