Recently, before the 2022 World Cup qualifying match between Vietnam and Malaysia, veteran coach Mohd Azraai Khor Abdullah told Sinar Harian newspaper: “I am also embarrassed because the Malaysian team has many naturalized and mixed players (Malaysian origin – PV), but the results were not as expected. Harimau Malaya must do something to regain dignity. If the team loses the team. Vietnam will not know where to bow.”
Besides, he also admitted that the Vietnamese team now is different from before, they have made great progress and confirmed their position in the Asian arena. It is not easy to win against them, so Malaysia has to arrange a different and better squad than the recent loss to the UAE.
Before the match between Vietnam and Malaysia, Malaysian media confirmed that this match was a battle of life and death.
This newspaper said, win or lose, that is the reality of the situation that Malaysia has to face when welcoming Vietnam in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. While Vietnam is extremely confident when defeating Indonesia 4-0. To lead Group G with 14 points after 6 matches, Malaysia lost 0-4 similarly to UAE and ranked 4th with 9 points.
Since Coach Park Hang-seo took over the Vietnam team in 2017, Malaysia has never done better than the opponent with 3 losses and 1 draw. Bernama newspaper warned teachers and coach Tan Cheng Hoe to be wary of the agility, quick counterattack and ability to control the game of Vietnamese players, although this time there was no Quang Hai on the field because Quang Hai stopped playing because of the court case. suspended after receiving 2 yellow cards.
It is known that the army of coach Park Hang-seo is the team with the most solid defense in Group G of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. Accordingly, the Vietnamese team only conceded 1 goal after 6 matches. However, the “wall” of Vietnam will be a huge challenge for the strikers of the “tigers” of Malaysia.
The match between Malaysia and Vietnam will take place on the night of June 11 (Hanoi time).