NUSADAILY.COM – MALANG – Indonesian U-23 national team succeeded in grasping tickets to the 2019 SEA Games soccer semifinals. Indra Sjafri’s foster children headed to the top four, after defeating Laos with a score of 4-0 in the final match of Group B, which took place at the Stadium City of Imus, Philippines. Indonesia’s winning goal was created by Saddil Ramdani (4 ‘), Osvaldo Haay (46’ and 94 ‘) and Bagas Adi Nugroho (72’).
Indonesia has the right to step into the 2019 SEA Games semifinal with runner-up status accompanying Vietnam, who qualified as the top of the standings, after a 2-2 draw with Thailand.
Indonesia made a quick goal in minute 4 ‘through Saddil Ramdani’s free kick. He managed to make a kick that could not be ignored by Laos goalkeeper Thilavong Solasak. Superior 1-0, Indonesia actually has the upper hand to escape. Because, any results in the Vietnam match against Thailand, it is certain to pass the Young Garuda.
However, three additional goals were made by Indonesia in the second half. Osvaldo Haay et al precisely attacking opponents with quick attacks. Osvaldo broke through Laos just a minute after the second half kick off. At 72 minutes’, Indonesia received a penalty by the referee after Sani Rizki was dropped in the Laos penalty box.
Bagas Adi Nugroho descended as executor, but was pushed over by Laos goalkeeper Thilavong Solasak. However, the penalty is deemed invalid by the referee and must be repeated. In the second try, Bagas kicks again pushed over. However, the rebound ball can be utilized by Bhayangkara FC defender into a goal.
Towards the end of the match, Indonesia continued to dominate possession. In minute 94 ‘, Osvaldo Haay scored again or the seventh goal in the 2019 SEA Games. Osvaldo’s goal was made after getting a chance from inside the penalty box. Score 4-0 Indonesia victory lasted until the referee blew the long whistle signaled the end of the match.
With these results, Indonesia holds a semifinal ticket with a score of 12 points below Vitenam who collected 13 points. In that round, Indonesia will meet Myanmar, who emerged as winners of Group A.
“Alhamdulillah, tonight our first target, which is to qualify for the semifinals, has been reached. We will do another game on 7 (December 2019),” Indra Sjafri said after the match. (top)