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“I left everything to God. Thank God”

Indonesian captain Asnawe Mangkualam, who scored a penalty kick that determined Indonesia’s victory in Vietnam, said he wanted to score the penalty with a sense of responsibility.

The Indonesian national soccer team, led by head coach Shin Tae-yong, won 1-0 against Vietnam in the second round of Group D at the 2023 AFC Qatar Asian Cup at 11:30 p.m. on the 19th (Korea Standard Time) at Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium. Indonesia was able to win by keeping a one-point lead to the end after Asnawi succeeded in the penalty kick obtained in the first half.

Asnaoui, who was familiar to Korean fans with her excellent performances with the Ansan Greeners and the Jeonnam Dragons in the past, was the hottest player in the game. She had to deal with a penalty kick that determined whether or not Indonesia would win in the Asian Cup return stage. Asnaoui looked calm and accurately shook the Vietnamese goal net. And this goal led to Indonesia’s victory.

According to Indonesian media outlet Detik, Asnaoui said in a mixed zone interview after the match, “I left everything to God. Thank God for making me handle it calmly,” and found it in his religious belief that he endured the pressure. “I prepared for it because I had a sense of responsibility as a captain. I trained a lot,” he said.

Asnawi also thanked the thousands of Indonesian fans who came to the stadium to cheer for Indonesia. “I received special support from Indonesian people. Thank you for giving me more passion and motivation. I am so glad that I won today. This is the first step in advancing to the next round,” Asnawi said, vowing to do well in future matches.

Now, Indonesia is trying to advance to the round of 16. Indonesia will play its last group stage match against Japan at Al Thumama Stadium at 8:30 p.m. on the 24th. As Vietnam was eliminated from the fourth place in the group early on according to the winner’s rule, Indonesia has secured the third place in the group. However, they need more points to make it to the round of 16 as the wild card. It is interesting to see if Indonesia can draw a point from Japan.


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