5 Insights from Vietnam Team Post-Match with Indonesia

5 Key Takeaways from Vietnam National Team’s Match Against Indonesia

Contrary to expectations, coach Philippe Troussier’s Vietnam National Team did not adopt a defensive strategy in their away match against Indonesia. They dominated possession in the first half, restricting the Indonesian side’s progress. However, as the game progressed, the Vietnamese team fell victim to their opponents’ tactics.

Despite controlling the game in the first half, Vietnam failed to capitalize on their chances and succumbed to complacency after the break, conceding a goal to Indonesia. The only goal of the match came from a defensive error by Vo Minh Trong, allowing Egy Maulana to score from close range.

Coach Troussier’s team displayed ineffective play throughout the match, failing to create dangerous opportunities in front of the Indonesian goal. The French strategist’s reliance on young players did not pay off, with seasoned players restricted to late substitutions as Vietnam struggled to make an impact.

Throw-ins once again proved to be a thorn in Vietnam’s side, with Indonesia exploiting this weakness to their advantage. Troussier suffered his fourth consecutive defeat against Indonesian teams, marking a disappointing 69th birthday for the coach.

With this loss, Vietnam slipped behind Coach Shin Tae-yong’s team in Group F standings. To regain their advantage and secure a spot in the next round, Do Hung Dung and his teammates will need to secure a win in the upcoming rematch against Indonesia.

The defeat at Bung Karno stadium serves as a wake-up call for the Vietnam National Team, highlighting the need for improved performance in future matches to achieve their goal of qualifying for the World Cup 2026.

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