The Vietnamese team was runner-up to Group G with 17 points, Malaysia third with 12, Thailand fourth with nine points, and Indonesia bottom of the rankings with one point.
Al-Abyad won its fourth successive victory on Tuesday evening against Vietnam with three goals scored by Ali Salmin, Ali Mabkhout and Mahmoud Khamis, in the meeting that brought them together at Zabeel Stadium in Dubai, in the final round of the group stage for the Asian qualifiers.
Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, president of the Football Association, attended the match from the stands of the Zabeel Stadium, along with members of the Federation’s Board of Directors, in addition to a large crowd who filled the attendance rate at Zabeel Stadium, which is 30% of the stadium’s full capacity.
The UAE team controlled the first half of the match completely, with the Vietnam players retreating to their back areas and relying on counter-attacks, but it did not pose any danger to Ali Khaseef’s goal, who was safe in the first session.
UAE national team player Ali Salmeen managed to decode the Vietnamese defense in the 31st minute when he hit a powerful ball from the head of the penalty area, taking advantage of his teammate Abdullah Ramadan’s high pass.
In continuation to the brilliance of the Al-Abyad players, the second goal came in the 38th minute from a penalty kick, which was successfully executed by Ali Mabkhout, after the Iraqi referee, Ali Saleh Al-Qaisi, awarded it as a result of the Vietnam goalkeeper blocking the UAE player Khalil Ibrahim.
With the start of the second session of the match, Al-Abyad defender Mahmoud Khamis added the third goal in the 50th minute with his head after following the header of his colleague Fabio Lima, which bounced from the Vietnamese goalkeeper.
To increase the offensive effectiveness in the match, Emirates coach Van Marwijk pushed striker Mohamed Jumaa as a substitute for Khalil Ibrahim in the 71st minute, due to Ibrahim’s feeling tired and exhausted, given that he was returning from an injury and did not participate in the previous two matches against Thailand and Indonesia.
In the minute, Marvik pushed the duo, Muhammad Al-Attas and Khalifa Al-Hammadi, as alternatives to Majid Hassan and Shaheen Abdul Rahman, in order to give the elements that did not participate in the official matches the opportunity to participate and gain international friction, especially after Al-Abyad included the result of the match.
Vietnam players intensified their attacks in the last minutes of the match, taking advantage of the decline of Al-Abyad players, so Tim Lin managed to reduce the difference with the first goal in the 85th minute, taking advantage of the lack of good positioning of the Al-Abyad defenders.
Vietnam player Min Fong added the second goal for his country in the third minute of extra time, taking advantage of a pass error by Al-Abyad goalkeeper Ali Khaseef, to announce a minute later the court referee the end of the match, with the UAE winning by three goals.