Vietnam Olympic team to face Japan in Asian Games hinh anh 1Draw of the men’s football of the Asian Games 2018 (Photo:

Hanoi (VNS/VNA)Vietnam’s U23 team will face Japan in Group D of the men’s football of the Asian Games (ASIAD) 18, following the draw held in Indonesia on July 5.

Besides Japan, Vietnam will compete alongside Pakistan and Nepal.

In Group B, Thailand will meet Qatar and Uzbekistan, while Malaysia will compete with the Republic of Korea and Bahrain in Group E.

The men’s football is to set kick off on August 14 and finish on September 1 in Indonesia. The official schedule will be announced in the next few days.

At the ASIAD 2014 held in Incheon, Vietnam, under the guidance of Japanese coach Toshiya Miura, progressed from the qualifying round before losing to the United Arab Emirates in the quarter-finals.

Vietnam will convene on July 22 to prepare for the event. They will train at the PVF Centre in Hanoi and play three friendly matches to hone their skills.

They will meet Barcelona B, U23 Oman and U23 Uzbekistan in early August at My Dinh National Stadium.

In other news, Vietnam women’s national football team have been drawn in Group C along with Japan and Thailand. While Indonesia, the Republic of Korea, Chinese Taipei and Maldives are in Group A.

Group B consists of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, China, Hong Kong (China) and Tajikistan.-VNS/VNA