Many streets in Hanoi banned for Vietnam-Thailand World Cup qualifier tonight
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Hanoi Police Department have announced a vehicle ban on many local streets for Vietnam-Thailand football match in the second round of the 2022 World Cup Asian qualifiers.
The match is slated to take place at My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi at 8 pm today, November 19.
From 2-10:30 pm today, trucks and coaches of over 16 seats will be prohibited from Duc Tho, Le Quang Dao, Me Tri, Chau Van Liem, Do Xuan Hop, Tran Huu Duc, Nguyen Co Thach, Nguyen Hoang, Ham Nghi, Tan My, Ho Tung Mau and Pham Hung near the stadium.
Meanwhile, vehicles will be restricted on the streets of Kim Ma, Dao Tan, Lieu Giai, Nguyen Khanh Toan, Nguyen Van Huyen, Hoang Quoc Viet, Pham Van Dong, Tran Duy Hung and Nguyen Chi Thanh streets from 5-7:30 pm and from 9-10:30 pm today.
People are encouraged to use public transport to the stadium and strictly obey traffic regulations.
According to the Hanoi police, during the ban, vehicles can take different routes. For instance, from National Highway 32 and Thang Long Avenue or from National Highway 32, Road 70 and Pham Hung Street to the city centre.
|Vietnam head coach Park Hang-seo speaks at the press conference on November 18. Photo: VFF|
“Grasped Thailand’s weak points”
Ahead of the Thailand showdown on matchday six of the 2022 World Cup Asian qualifiers round two, Vietnam head coach Park Hang-seo has affirmed that he has grasped the opponents’ weak points and will thoroughly exploit them in the tonight clash, NDO reported.
“Tomorrow’s game is very important, so I can’t share exactly what we have prepared for it here. However, I can say for sure that we have discovered some weak points of Thailand through their defeat against Malaysia.”
Speaking at a press conference on Monday (November 18), Park highlighted the importance of the Thailand encounter at Hanoi’s My Dinh National Stadium on November 19, asking his players to stay optimally focused for the game.
“This will be the last match of the Vietnamese team in 2019. I know the significance of the clash, and so do the players. They are aware of the expectations from local fans. I see the determination in their eyes. But I admit that they are under tension. I want them to stay focused, and until now all are in the best condition,” the Republic of Korea tactician told reporters.
Taking about the Thai opponents, Park stated that he and his partners have worked out the War Elephants’ weak points and are now ready for the Tuesday encounter.
Vietnam head coach has affirmed that he has grasped the opponents’ weak points and will thoroughly exploit them in the upcoming clash.
Responding to queries on the form of his players, Vietnam head coach Park Hang-seo expressed his faith in Cong Phuong’s scoring against Thailand, while affirming that midfielder Quang Hai is qualified enough to play in Japan.
“I strongly believe that Cong Phuong will shine and score goals if playing Thailand tomorrow. Meanwhile, if Chanathip can play in Japan, there is no reason that Quang Hai can’t. Whether Quang Hai plays football in Japan or not depends on his club. Quang Hai is not inferior to Chanathip at all. I would like to disclose that Quang Hai has received an invitation to play in a much higher-class league than J-League, La Liga in Spain.”
For his part, Thailand coach Akira Nishino admitted that he was under pressure ahead of the meeting with Vietnam.
“When playing on home turf, we feel more assured with the strong support from local fans. I admit suffering certain pressure when playing away against Vietnam.”
The Japanese tactician said he has followed Vietnamese football for a long period and highly appreciates the progress made by the Golden Dragons.
“I admire Vietnam’s recent form. They have beaten many strong opponents in the region. I think it’s great as regional football is competitive. As far as I am concerned, Vietnam and Thailand are archrivals in the region. Vietnamese football has helped Thailand learn a lot.”
On the same day, coach Park Hang-seo finalised the 23-man Vietnam team for the Thailand encounter tomorrow. Accordingly, he eliminated midfielder Huy Hung (Quang Nam FC) and centre back Huu Tuan (Ho Chi Minh City), and gave opportunities to Le Van Dai and Nguyen Trong Hung, who were not previously named in the Vietnamese squad for the UAE meeting on Nov. 14.
After a 1-0 win over the UAE in their 2022 World Cup qualification on November 14 in Hanoi, Vietnam reached their highest place of 94 in the last 20 years.
Two days later, Congo and Cyprus, who ranked above Vietnam, both lost in their 2020 African Cup and 2020 Euro qualifiers, leading to their drops.
The team are No 12 in Asia and No 1 in Southeast Asia./.