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Indonesia coach wary of Vietnam’s star midfielder


Coach Shin Tae-yong considered Nguyen Quang Hai as a major threat when Indonesia play Vietnam in AFF Cup group stage on Wednesday.

“Quang Hai is a great player. His finishing is excellent and he has scored many goals. We will do our best to stop Hai in tomorrow’s game,” Shin said in an online press conference on Tuesday.

In the Monday game against Malaysia, Hai opened the score for Vietnam with a thunderous one-touch strike. He also scored when Vietnam won 4-0 against Indonesia in the World Cup qualifiers this year.

Nguyen Quang Hai volleys the ball in the AFF Cup game between Vietnam and Malaysia on December 13, 2021. Photo by Leo Shengwei

Nguyen Quang Hai volleys the ball in the AFF Cup game between Vietnam and Malaysia on December 13, 2021. Photo by Leo Shengwei

Vietnam are having six points like Indonesia in group B. A victory will send Vietnam to the semifinals. For Indonesia, even if they win against Vietnam, there’s no guarantee of advancing as they still have to face Malaysia, who also have six points, in the last game. According to the regulation of the tournament, if the teams have the same number of points, the head-to-head result will be taken into account to decide the positions.

Indonesia have lost all four matches that they played against Park Hang-seo’s Vietnam, in SEA Games 2019 and World Cup qualifiers. Before the game, coach Park have challenged Indonesia to play attacking football.

“Maybe we will attack. Indonesia have a proper game plan for each opponent. We might not play as we did in the previous wins against Laos and Cambodia. Vietnam are the only Southeast Asian team that made it to the final round of World Cup qualifiers. It’s obvious that they are the strongest in AFF Cup this year,” Shin said.

However, Shin hopes that the young players of Indonesia will play with courage and avoid making the same mistake as Malaysia when they lost 0-3 to Vietnam in the previous game.

“I hope the players will perform to expectations. We will have to wait until the end to know the result,” he said.

The match will kick off at 7:30 p.m. (Hanoi time) and will be reported live on VnExpress International.

“Quang Hai is a great player. His finishing is excellent and he has scored many goals. We will do our best to stop Hai in tomorrow’s game,” Shin said in an online press conference on Tuesday.

In the Monday game against Malaysia, Hai opened the score for Vietnam with a thunderous one-touch strike. He also scored when Vietnam won 4-0 against Indonesia in the World Cup qualifiers this year.

Nguyen Quang Hai volleys the ball in the AFF Cup game between Vietnam and Malaysia on December 13, 2021. Photo by Leo Shengwei

Nguyen Quang Hai volleys the ball in the AFF Cup game between Vietnam and Malaysia on December 13, 2021. Photo by Leo Shengwei

Vietnam are having six points like Indonesia in group B. A victory will send Vietnam to the semifinals. For Indonesia, even if they win against Vietnam, there’s no guarantee of advancing as they still have to face Malaysia, who also have six points, in the last game. According to the regulation of the tournament, if the teams have the same number of points, the head-to-head result will be taken into account to decide the positions.

Indonesia have lost all four matches that they played against Park Hang-seo’s Vietnam, in SEA Games 2019 and World Cup qualifiers. Before the game, coach Park have challenged Indonesia to play attacking football.

“Maybe we will attack. Indonesia have a proper game plan for each opponent. We might not play as we did in the previous wins against Laos and Cambodia. Vietnam are the only Southeast Asian team that made it to the final round of World Cup qualifiers. It’s obvious that they are the strongest in AFF Cup this year,” Shin said.

However, Shin hopes that the young players of Indonesia will play with courage and avoid making the same mistake as Malaysia when they lost 0-3 to Vietnam in the previous game.

“I hope the players will perform to expectations. We will have to wait until the end to know the result,” he said.

The match will kick off at 7:30 p.m. (Hanoi time) and will be reported live on VnExpress International.

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