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Japan vs Vietnam LIVE MATCH

Japan will get their 2023 AFC Asian Cup campaign underway against Vietnam at the Al Thumama Stadium on Sunday.

Japan, the record-four-time champions and runners-up from the previous edition, have been drawn alongside Vietnam, Indonesia, and Iraq in Group D and are expected to finish as the group toppers. They finished as the champions when Qatar last hosted the competition in 2011 and will look to repeat that feat.

They have been in tremendous form and have registered 10 wins in a row. While eight games in that period were friendlies, in their two competitive games in that period, they recorded 5-0 wins over Myanmar and Syria in the AFC World Cup qualifiers in November.

They played Thailand and Jordan in friendlies earlier this month, recording 5-0 and 6-1 wins respectively, and are expected to enjoy a prolific outing in their campaign opener.

Vietnam have qualified for the continental competition for the second time in a row. In the previous edition, they made it to the quarter-finals before being eliminated by Japan.

They have lost five of their last six games across all competitions and lost 2-1 to Kyrgyz Republic in a friendly earlier this week.

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