UAE looks to win over Thailand today to keep dream of FIFA World Cup alive – News

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If the UAE wins and Vietnam fails to beat Indonesia in another match tonight, the home team will take first place.

Recovering in style in the AFC World Cup qualifiers after beating Malaysia 4-0 on Thursday, the UAE will now look to solidify its position against Thailand (20:45 UAE time) at Zabil Stadium in Dubai tonight.

After contrasting relaunches of their respective qualifying campaigns, the UAE and Thailand find they have scored the same number of points in their return match.

Whites, Malaysia and Thailand each have nine points each, but now Bert van Marwijk’s men are in second place behind the leaders of Vietnam thanks to an excellent goal difference.

With group leader Vietnam just two points ahead and playing another game, Thailand will be looking to repeat their 2-1 win in the October 2019 return match.

Then the score for the “War Elephants” was opened by the veteran striker Tirasil Dangda, who disappeared from the current squad due to injury.

Ali Mabhaut equalized after the first half, but Ekanit Panya won for Thailand in the sixth minute of the second period.

Under the leadership of head coach Akira Nishino, Thailand has recently had a hard time, as after the victory of the UAE, he was unable to win any of the three matches.

A 2-1 pivot against neighbors Malaysia, followed by draws against Vietnam and Indonesia.

Meanwhile, Ali Mabhaut, who scored two goals against Malaysia, continues to impress the UAE.

His double with Malaysia propelled him to the top spot in the Asian qualifiers rankings with eight, alongside the Japanese duo Takumi Minamino and Yuya Osako.

It also made him the second most active player in international football with 73 goals, behind only Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo and ahead of Argentina’s Lionel Messi and India’s Sunil Chetri.

UAE head coach Van Marwijk was pleased with the team’s unconditional victory in the first match.

“It was a strong restart after a long stop,” said van Marwijk, who helped Saudi Arabia qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

“It is important that we continue to perform well and win the remaining matches in order to achieve our goal of reaching the crucial stage of qualifications.”

In another match on Monday, Vietnam will look to expand its Group G lead as they face off last-placed Indonesia at Al Maktoum Stadium.

Nearly 19 months after their last game in the Asian qualifier, Vietnam will return to play on Monday, maintaining its status as the leader of the group, albeit by a narrower lead from the previous playing day.

The clash with Indonesia is on happy soil for the Vietnamese, as their fans relish the sweet memories of two years ago at Al Maktoum Stadium, where Vietnam defeated Jordan on penalties and advanced to the 2019 Asian Cup quarter-finals, for the first time abroad. the soil.

Indonesia, on the other hand, ended a five-defeat streak in a stubborn 2-2 draw against Thailand on Thursday. Coach Shin Tae Young’s men have fallen behind twice, but goals from Adek Agung and Evan Dimas have raised their level each time to earn their first point in the campaign. (With data from the AFC website)

Remaining matches in group G

June 7

UAE vs Thailand

Scored the stadium

Vietnam vs Indonesia

Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium

Both matches will start at 20:45.

June 11th

UAE vs Indonesia

Scored the stadium

Malaysia vs Vietnam

Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium

Both matches will start at 20:45.

June 15th

UAE vs Vietnam

Scored the stadium

Thailand vs Malaysia

Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium

Both matches will start at 20:45.


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