Suara.com – ASEAN countries have held qualifying matches for the 2026 World Cup. As a result, a number of countries have the opportunity to qualify, while the fate of the Indonesian national team is still a question mark after failing to win.
As is known, the Indonesian national team failed to win in the first two matches of Group F. The Garuda squad was beaten 1-5 by Iraq, then held to a 1-1 draw by the Philippines.
These results made the Indonesian National Team the bottom of Group F with just one point.
In fact, the Indonesian National Team still has four more matches in Group F, so the opportunity to qualify for the third round is still wide open.
The fate that befell the Indonesian National Team is in fact inversely proportional to its rivals in Southeast Asia, which actually have a big chance of qualifying for the third round. Which countries?
The Indonesian national team’s eternal rival, Malaysia, has a great chance of qualifying for the third round of the 2026 World Cup Qualifications in the Asian zone, after performing well in the first two matches of the second round group phase.
Malaysia, which is in D along with Oman, Kyrgyzstan and Chinese Taipei, managed to open the first two matches in Group D with a win or full points.
In the first two matches, Malaysia managed to win 4-3 over Kyrgyzstan and win 1-0 over Chinese Taipei. This result makes Harimau Malaya sit at the top of Group D.
The Indonesian National Team’s opponent in Group F, Vietnam, also has the potential to qualify for the third round of the 2026 World Cup Qualifications in the Asian zone after sitting in second place.
In their first two matches, Vietnam managed to win 2-0 over the Philippines and lost 0-1 to Iraq. Even though they have only collected three points, The Golden Star’s opportunity to qualify is wide open.
Because the two competitors, namely the Philippines and the Indonesian National Team, have only collected one point. With this good performance, Vietnam is believed to be able to achieve good results in the next four Group F matches.
Thailand also does not want to be left behind by Malaysia and Vietnam in becoming one of the ASEAN representatives to qualify for the third round of the 2026 World Cup Qualifications in the Asian zone.
Joined in group C, Thailand currently sits in second place in the standings with three points, ahead of China and Singapore and three points adrift of South Korea at the top.
The opportunity for Thailand to qualify to accompany South Korea is wide open even though it has to compete with China. With four matches remaining, the team nicknamed the War Elephants still has the potential to qualify if they can achieve maximum results in each remaining match.