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STY Assures Garuda Squad Can Seal Tickets to Round 3 of World Cup Qualification

NOBARTV.CO.ID STY ensures that the Garuda squad will qualify for the next round, will compete in 2026 tonight. Through the final match, the Garuda squad will determine its fate – whether it will qualify for the next round or not. Nevertheless, Shin Tae-yong is confident that he can bring his team through to the third round.

As is known, the Indonesian National Team will meet the Philippine National Team in the final match in Group F of the 2026 World Cup Qualification. This match is in the second round for the Asian zone. This means that, through this match, it will be determined whether they will continue to the next round or not.

Meanwhile, in the same group, the Vietnam National Team also has the same chance of qualifying as Indonesia for the third round. However, the opponents that Vietnam will face in the final match are much more difficult. That opponent is Iraq. And in this match against Iraq, Vietnam will act as the visiting team.

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Apart from that, another factor that makes it more difficult for the Vietnam National Team to qualify for the next round is - they have to rely on the Indonesia versus Philippines match. So, even though Nguyen Quang Hai et al won big over Iraq, this result will not allow them to qualify for the third round of 2026 World Cup Qualification if Indonesia wins over the Philippines.

This is based on the points obtained by the Garuda and Vietnam squads. Currently, Shin Tae-yong's team is in second place in Group F with seven points, while Vietnam has 6 points. On that basis, the Garuda squad is more favored to advance to the next round.

STY Assures Garuda Squad Can Seal Tickets to Round 3 of World Cup Qualification
Thom Haye's action in the match against Iraq (source: IG @timnas.indonesia)

Meanwhile, Shin Tae-yong, through yesterday's press conference session, the South Korean coach expressed confidence that he could bring the Indonesian national team to the next stage. Shin knows and understands that the Philippines is a strong team. However, with full confidence, he is confident that he can bring Marselino Ferdinan et al to appear in the third round.

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“In our current group, the only ones likely to qualify are Iraq, Vietnam and Indonesia. "Iraq has already qualified, and Indonesia has a greater chance of qualifying for the third round than Vietnam, especially since we are playing at home," said Shin Tae-yong.

"Actually, in the match against Iraq, the composition of our game was not much less than that of Iraq. "I'm not worried ahead of tomorrow's match because we can definitely get tickets for the third round," he added.

“As we know, there is no place for us to retreat, nor can we retreat from here. "Even though the Philippines failed to qualify, it will definitely fight hard against Indonesia."

"Likewise, we will work as hard as possible to give victory to Indonesian football fans," concluded the former South Korean national team coach.

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