The starting lineup of the Vietnamese team in the match against Iraq at 7:00 p.m. today, November 21, within the framework of the second qualifying round of the 2026 World Cup, has been revealed.
The 11 names chosen by coach Philippe Troussier include: goalkeeper Dang Van Lam, defenders Que Ngoc Hai, Vu Van Thanh, Nguyen Thanh Binh, Phan Tuan Tai, Vo Minh Trong, midfielders Nguyen Thai Son, Nguyen Tuan Anh with three strikers Nguyen Tien Linh, Pham Tuan Hai, Nguyen Van Toan.
So compared to the match against the Philippines, Mr. Troussier only made one change when he left Bui Hoang Viet Anh on the bench, giving the main kick to Que Ngoc Hai (captain). Team pillars such as Hoang Duc and Hung Dung are also not on the starting list. Another veteran striker is Nguyen Van Quyet, midfielder Bui Tien Dung is not even registered to play.
The Vietnamese team is likely to play with a 3-4-3 formation when deploying the ball and 5-3-2 when retreating to defend. Under coach Troussier, the players won 4, lost 3, scored 6 goals and conceded 10 goals in the last 7 matches. Meanwhile, Iraq is unbeaten in 12 of the past 14 matches.
Coach Troussier believes that being underestimated will help the Vietnamese team have more motivation to prove their capabilities.
“With the experience I have, I will make maximum adjustments to make it difficult for my opponents. Vietnamese players all have experience. At the moment, the match with Iraq tomorrow (November 21) is not the final, the team Win takes everything, but it is in a series of matches in the group, the goal of the Vietnamese team is to win 1 of the first 2 positions to enter the 3rd qualifying round.
We have certain advantages. The first is that the team just won against the Philippines, the second is home field advantage, the third is that the players are 100% more determined to prove that they can make a surprise. By maximizing these advantages, adhering to tactical discipline to apply pressure and score goals, the Vietnamese team can achieve positive results,” coach Troussier emphasized.
Young midfielder Nguyen Thai Son affirmed: “Tomorrow’s match will be very difficult for the Vietnamese team. Iraq is a very strong opponent. We are preparing quite well and will try to play our best, dedicating ourselves to the flag.” shirt color. The Vietnamese team knows that Iraq won against Indonesia. The whole team has carefully researched the opponent, preparing well for this match. Our advantage is that we can play at home, with the support of the fans. The team’s goal in this match is to play hard.