June 8, 2021, 08.05 AM

Vietnam dominated the game with 71 percent possession, firing 17 shots on goal. In contrast, Indonesia only managed to shoot four shots on goal, only one of which was on target.

The defeat left Indonesia as bottom dwellers in Group G, losing six of seven games and drawing one.

On the other hand, Vietnam is poised to become the first Southeast Asian country to qualify for the World Cup in over 80 years, since Indonesia qualified for the 1938 edition of the tournament as the Dutch East Indies.

Long known as a regional powerhouse in Southeast Asia, Vietnam led Group G with 14 points, followed by the United Arab Emirates with 12 points. Southeast Asian stalwarts Thailand and Malaysia came next with nine points, with Indonesia dead last in the standings with one point.

Indonesia will end its dismal World Cup qualification run on June 11 by taking on the United Arab Emirates, as the hosts still seek to top their group and qualify for the World Cup.

(Writer: M. Hafidz Imaduddin | Editor: Eris Eka Jaya)





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