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Indonesia coach Simon McMenemy: 'Losing Malaysia is a very painful defeat'

Indonesia coach Simon McMenemy: 'Losing Malaysia is a very painful defeat'

Speaking after the opening match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier (AFC), Indonesia coach Simon McMenemy said that losing to Malaysia was a very painful defeat.

In the first match of Group G qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup (AFC), Indonesia had a bitter defeat with a score of 2-3 against Malaysia at home. Speaking after the match, coach Simon McMenemy called it a painful defeat.

Coach Simon McMenemy said: "Failure against Malaysia is very difficult to accept. I cannot pretend to be normal because this is a very painful defeat. In the first half, we played quite well and implemented the plan. However, my students were tired in the second half. We had to brace ourselves to hold a draw, but the results were clear.

I do not want to blame anyone, because the players are doing their best. All were run until it could not be run. When the referee blew the whistle to end the match, many people collapsed from fatigue".

With defeat to Malaysia, Indonesia coach Simon McMenemy's phone dropped to the bottom of Group G. While 'Malay Tiger' temporarily ranked first, with Thailand and Vietnam holding each other without goals.

In the second match, Vietnam will be off, while Indonesia welcomes Thailand at home. This is an opportunity for Simon McMenemy's army to have the first 3 points, but Thailand under Mr. Akira Nishino's reign certainly is not easy to be bullied.