Although Vietnam will head into AFF Suzuki Cup 2020 as the favourites, their regional rivals are not giving up on their own shot at the title.
Fierce rivals Malaysia and Indonesia will face off against one another at the AFF Suzuki Cup, along with defending champions Vietnam, in Group B.
Japan and South Korea both overcame their opening losses with 1-0 wins while Saudi Arabia prove to be a threat in Group B.
Australia sealed their 10th straight win in Vietnam, but next month's trip to Japan will be a much sterner test of their World Cup credentials.
Rhyan Grant's header earned Australia back-to-back victories in Asia's World Cup preliminaries as Graham Arnold's side defeated Vietnam.
Australia are eyeing a second consecutive win in the third round of Asian qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup but must be wary of plucky Vietnam.
Oman pulled off a stunning upset of heavyweights Japan while Vietnam couldn't hold onto their narrow lead against Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia survived a major scare after trailing Vietnam for the entire first half to hand the 10-man side a 3-1 defeat.
Asia's 12 remaining hopefuls will resume their quest to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Thursday when the third round of qualifiers begin.
As Vietnam continue their quest to reach the FIFA World Cup for the first time, the journey means so much more to an entire football-mad nation.
The ASEAN Zone of AFC Cup 2021 has been cancelled through inability to find willing and viable host venues for the matches.
Vietnam will face three heavyweights - Japan, Australia and Saudi Arabia - in the final round of Asian qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup.
Following contrasting results, the race for second spot in Group F of AFC Champions League 2021 is heating up between BG Pathum United and Viettel.
We take a look at the biggest talking points from the final matchday in the second round of 2022 AFC World Cup qualifiers.
On a night when eight places in the 12-team third round were unclaimed at kick-off, Iran, China and Vietnam all secured spots in the next stage.
Vietnam's current side is regarded as the nation's "golden generation" and could be its best shot at qualifying for its first-ever FIFA World Cup.
Australia were the only team to make the final 12 on Matchday 9 of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in Asia, meaning there are eight spots up for grabs.
Safawi Rasid and Nguyen Quang Hai are born just 36 days apart, and they could decide who emerges triumphant in the upcoming Vietnam-Malaysia clash.
Monday produced another eventful matchday in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in Asia, with 44 goals in 13 matches
Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore all stumbled as their chances to advance to the World Cup took a major blow.
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The race to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Asia has finally returned, but which teams are in pole position to advance to the next round?
Having claimed their first-ever V.League 1 title, Viettel FC will now be looking to represent Vietnamese football in Asia next year.
The ASEAN Football Federation said the AFF Suzuki Cup will take place in April 2021 and will be held in its full format.