Japan invites Vietnam for friendly football match

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The Japan Football Association has invited Vietnam to play a friendly match in Japan on the seventh of October, Vietnam Football Federation General Secretary Tran Quoc Tuan said Thursday.

The game is expected to strengthen diplomatic ties between the two countries as well as help Japan's national football team prepare for the 2014 World Cup's third qualifying round in the Asian region.

Tuan said Japan has not only invited Vietnam because of good relationship between the two countries in different fields but also because of the good results Vietnam has show recently in domestic and international football competitions.

Vietnam failed to qualify for the 2014 World Cup after losing 1-4 to Qatar on aggregate in the second qualifying round.

However, Vietnam's 2-1 home win over Qatar at Hanoi's My Dinh Stadium over Qatar on July 28 was an impressive show.

Tuan said Vietnam's national football team coach Falko Goetz has agreed to accept the invitation and will travel with the national team to Japan for the game.

The Vietnamese team's expenses for the trip will be paid for by the Japanese side, Tuan said.

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