The third match in qualification world cup round2 today between Vietnam vs Malaysia at My Dinh Stadium, Hanoi Vietnam. Malaysia in third place with three points, while Vietnam 1 points just one match vs Thailand, draw 0-0.
Quite tough for Malaysia team to beat Vietnam tonight, the ticket already sold out. Strongly give pressure to the Malaysia team. Impossible is nothing in football.
VIETNAM cannot afford to underestimate Malaysia and will have to fight to earn a result when they entertain Tan Cheng Hoe’s side in tomorrow’s pre-World Cup Group G match in Hanoi.
Although Malaysia has won only once in eight meetings against the Golden Dragons in Hanoi, midfielder Do Hung Dung has reminded his teammates to forget about records and past meetings as Harimau Malaya is now a much-improved side.
Vietnam are gunning for their first pre-World Cup win after a 0-0 draw with Thailand in Bangkok last month.
As for Malaysia, they started their campaign with a bang by edging arch-rivals Indonesia 3-2 in Jakarta but were defeated 2-1 by the United Arab Emirates in Bukit Jalil.
Malaysia was unlucky to lose to the UAE as they dominated the match, only to be disappointed by poor defensive decisions and the inability to convert opportunities like the Middle East giants.
On the back of the 6-0 thrashing of Sri Lanka in last weekend’s friendly in Bukit Jalil, Cheng Hoe’s boys are fired up to beat high-flying Vietnam in Hanoi.
In last year’s AFF Cup final, Park Hang Seo’s side defeated Malaysia 3-2 on aggregate to win the crown.
“Malaysia, I believe, are eager to take on Vietnam. They are probably feeling confident going into this match after the resounding win over Sri Lanka,” Hung Dung told https://e.vnexpress.net yesterday. “It is clear that Malaysia is stronger than the squad that played in last year’s AFF Cup. We have to be very careful on Thursday (tomorrow).”
Hung Dung is aware of Malaysia’s target in the match but said the Golden Dragons are ready to face their regional rivals.
“Vietnam is also a strong team. We will be playing at home and our fans will pack the stadium to support us. We are also confident of recording a good result,” he added.
HISTORY favors the brave and that will be Malaysia’s war cry against Vietnam in a World Cup qualifier in Hanoi tomorrow.
And the man leading the Malaysian attack, Norshahrul Idlan Talaha, will undoubtedly be inspired by the heroics of history.
For the last time, Malaysia beat Vietnam was five years ago with Norshahrul playing a key role in that success, scoring a goal in the 4-2 win over the Golden Dragons in the AFF Cup semi-finals.
Since then, World No 158 Malaysia has been unable to overcome World No 99 Vietnam, losing their previous two meetings at My Dinh Stadium, 2-0 and 1-0 in the AFF Cup last year.
Now 33 years of age, Norshahrul found himself the center of attention of the Vietnamese media yesterday, as they see him a big threat
He is experienced enough to know the kind of danger from Vietnam than what Indonesia did in Malaysia’s last away match in Group G. Malaysia had won 3-2 against the Garuda.
“There’s no problem with the training here (in Hanoi) thus far. The team is ready physically and mentally to face Vietnam,” said Norshahrul.
“The result against Sri Lanka (Malaysia won 6-0 in a friendly on Sunday) cannot be used as a gauge for this game (against Vietnam).
Being national coach Tan Cheng Hoe’s preferred choice to start as Malaysia’s main striker, there is a lot of pressure on Norshahrul to crack the Vietnam defense.
But the Pahang player believes he and his teammates have what it takes to upstage the Golden Dragons in their lair for Malaysia’s second win in the group.
“If the coach selects me to start, then for sure I’ll be giving my all to the team. At the same time I hope to see everyone giving 100 per cent to the cause.
“It is not important who scores. What is important is that we play together as a team and only then we can think about taking a positive result back to Malaysia,” he added.
The Malaysian team arrived in Hanoi on Monday and has gone through two training sessions on the pitch within the Vietnam Football Federation compound without any issue.
As it is with previous matches between the two teams, the local interest is very high with hordes of Vietnamese media covering the two training sessions.
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