China Daily (Hong Kong)

Zhang anticipati­ng victory over Vietnam


Forward Zhang Yuning on Sunday said he is very confident Team China will defeat Vietnam in their forthcomin­g FIFA World Cup qualifier, citing his team’s intensive preparatio­ns in Sharjah, the United Arab Emirates.

After losing its opening two games — to Australia and Japan — in the final phase of Asian zone qualifying, China is in desperate need of a victory over Vietnam on Oct 7 to keep alive its slim hopes of reaching the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar.

“During the past few days, we have increased the training intensity and made physical preparatio­ns for the upcoming game,” Zhang said.

“I have a strong faith that we will play a good match and beat our opponent.”

Zhang came off the bench in a friendly match between the Chinese and Vietnamese Olympic teams in 2019. China lost 2-0 on that occasion, and Zhang vowed next month’s game won’t see a repeat result.

“I will spare no effort on the pitch and try my best to seize every opportunit­y. This is also what I told myself to do in training,” he said.

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