Fouling is part of football, no one disputes that. But choosing a tactic of fouling, slashing and destroying is really anti-football. The Vietnamese team understands this more than ever, especially after what happened in the match against Indonesia on June 7.
There have been many concerns that the Malaysian team will continue to use the tactic of “cutting nails, cutting iron” when confronting Cong Phuong and his teammates. This worry was somewhat alleviated when writer Avineshwaran Taharumalengam shared with Zing, believing that his national team will not play violently, and that is not the style of coach Tan Cheng Hoe.
However, the opposite is true on the field. Right from the opening whistle, the Malaysian players chose to play close and actively foul the red shirt players.
Following the first half, there were at least 4 times when the naturalized striker Sumareh played badly with Trong Hoang and his teammates. However, it was not until the first minutes of the second half that this player had to receive a yellow card.