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The UAE's No.1 star is suspended, Vietnam suddenly gets benefits ahead of big clash

The UAE's No.1 star is suspended, Vietnam suddenly gets benefits ahead of big clash

The chance for Vietnam to defeat the UAE has increased significantly after the suspension of striker Ali Mabkhout.

In the match against Thailand, striker Ali Mabkhout was the only goalscorer for the UAE. He is second in the list of goals in the second stage of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier (AFC) with 6 goals in 3 matches. Ali Mabkhout is also the player who scored the most goals in the history of the UAE (55 goals).

However, the yellow card received will cause Ali Mabkhout to be suspended during the upcoming match against Vietnam in My Dinh stadium.

Earlier, this striker received a yellow card on the field trip to Malaysia. As a rule, players who receive 2 yellow cards in 2 different matches will not be allowed to play the next match.

The UAE's absence of Ali Mabkhout is good news for Vietnam. Since the beginning of the second phase of qualifying, Ali Mabkhout scored 75% of the goals for the West Asian team. The offensive power of the UAE will decline significantly when the 29-year-old striker is absent.

The current situation in Group G is quite detrimental to the UAE. They temporarily ranked 3rd, after Vietnam and Thailand. If UAE loses against Vietnam in My Dinh in early November, the West Asian team is at risk of not being able to win tickets.

It will be a great disappointment for the UAE Football Federation because their goal is to participate in the 2022 FIFA World Cup, not just to enter the 3rd round of Asian qualifiers.