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MD2 Preview - Group G: Indonesia vs Thailand; Malaysia vs UAE

Kuala Lumpur: It will be a second consecutive ASEAN derby for Indonesia and Thailand while Malaysia will be out to prove a point when they host United Arab Emirates in Group G of the Asian Qualifiers on Tuesday.

Indonesia suffered a late, late 3-2 defeat to Malaysia at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium on Matchday One of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Qualifiers while Thailand had to be satisfied with a share of the points following a goalless draw with Vietnam in Bangkok.

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Head coach Simon McMenemy blamed fatigue for Indonesia's defeat on Thursday, with Malaysia's winner coming in the seventh minute of second half added time in an absorbing tie.

Indonesia had led twice, only to be pulled back and eventually lose all three points and McMenemy would have worked hard in getting his players' fitness level up for what promises to be another physically draining tie against Thailand.

MD 1 - Group G: Indonesia 2-3 Malaysia

Indonesia will be under more pressure to win and this could have an adverse effect on their performance and Thailand will look to capitalise.

Head coach Akira Nishino said the draw with Vietnam was an acceptable result but Thailand will have to start winning if they want to advance to the next stage of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers - having been the only Southeast Asian team to advance to the third round of Russia 2018 qualifying.

Venue: Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta
Kick-off: 19:30 (UTC +7)


Malaysia's confidence will be sky-high after their win over Indonesia but the Southeast Asians will have to tread carefully against a UAE side who are determined to qualify for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

UAE will be opening their campaign and as exciting as Malaysia's win over Indonesia was, head coach Tan Cheng Hoe's men must be prepared for a different level of football against the UAE.

The West Asians inflicted Malaysia their heaviest ever defeat at the same stage of Russia 2018 and UAE 2019 qualifying in 2015 - winning 10-0 in Abu Dhabi - and expectations from the fans at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium will be for the home team to erase that bitter memory.

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It won't be easy against a UAE side who have prepared well for the Asian Qualifiers, with a training camp in Bahrain followed by early arrival in Kuala Lumpur to acclimatise.

Head coach Bert Van Marwijk, who will take charge of his first competitive match with UAE, has spared no effort in ensuring his team are ready and Malaysia will have to be at their best to stop the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 semi-finalists.

Venue: Bukit Jalil National Stadium, Kuala Lumpur
Kick-off: 20:45 (UTC +8)

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