“There is a big difference between ASEAN (Vietnam-Thailand) and East Asia (Korea-Japan)”.
The Vietnam national football team (95th in the FIFA rankings), led by coach Philippe Trousier, played a friendly match against Jürgen Klinsmann’s South Korea (26th) at the Suwon World Cup Stadium on Sunday evening, losing 0-6.
Klinsmann’s side, who had previously beaten Tunisia 4-0 at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on Sept. 13, won their second straight October A match. Starting with a 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia in September, South Korea won three straight matches.
Vietnam, on the other hand, went winless in three matches during October A matches. After losing 0-2 against China and 0-2 against Uzbekistan, they were swept by Korea.
For Vietnam, they were literally outplayed. In pursuit of possession football, they were overwhelmed in possession (37%, South Korea 63%) and out-shot in every metric, including shots on goal (34 to Vietnam’s 5).먹튀검증
The match is the final test before the second round of qualifying for the 2026 FIFA World Cup North America, which begins in November.
Despite being the relative underdogs, the game was a test for Vietnam coach Jürgen Klinsmann, who has literally taken over the Southeast Asian team ahead of the second round of qualifying.
After the game, Thailand’s Siam Sports focused on the outcome of the Korea-Vietnam match. The Thais, who are in a group with South Korea, China, and Singapore for the second round of World Cup qualifiers, were thrashed 0-8 in a friendly against Georgia on the 13th. They played Estonia to a 1-1 draw, but both teams are considered underdogs against top 100 teams.
Furthermore, Vietnam and Thailand are fierce rivals for Southeast Asian soccer supremacy in ASEAN. Siam Sports said, “Vietnam is the strongest team in ASEAN, but the gap was realized against Korea. They lost 0-6 in a lethargic performance.”
Thai fans also seemed to realize the gap based on the Vietnam and Korea games. “The ASEAN countries are still far behind the East Asian countries,” one fan pointed out on Siam Sports. Another fan joked sadly, “Vietnam took the loss against Georgia to make up for Thailand’s crushing defeat.”