TIMNAS U-20 Indonesia won an important victory in the second match of Group F qualifying for the U-20 2023 Asian Cup, beating Hong Kong 5-1 at Gelora Bung Tomo Stadium, Surabaya, East Java, Friday (16/1) night. The Garuda Nusantara squad is one step away from qualifying and must win in the last match against Vietnam.
“When the AFF (AFF U-19 Cup) Vietnam and Thailand were unsportsmanlike and we were disadvantaged because of that. But this time we are at home and need to take revenge. I hope many spectators come and witness Indonesia’s victory later,” said coach Shin Tae-hyung. yong after the game.
Indonesia in the standings parallel to Vietnam both collected six points. The productivity of the two countries is the same by entering nine goals and conceding one goal.
The reason is, in the second match Vietnam also won 4-0 over Timor Leste. Therefore, Indonesia’s final battle must win for the group winner position and automatically qualify.
Shin Tae-yong made nine changes to the starters compared to the one he played against Timor Leste in the first match. Despite doing a massive rotation, Shin Tae-yong was satisfied that his squad had no trouble scoring goals.
Rabbani Tasnim Siddiq through his header using a set piece bait opened the tap for Indonesia’s goal when the game had only been running for 10 minutes.
It didn’t take long for Alfriyanto Nico Saputro to double the lead 12 minutes later. Indonesia again increased the position to 3-0 through a slick goal scored by Zanadin Fariz before halftime.
In the second half, the match was marked by an incident where goalkeeper Cahya Supriadi suffered a serious head injury after colliding with Rahmat Beri Santoso. Cahya was immediately taken by ambulance to the nearest hospital. His condition is reported to be stable and further tests will be carried out.
“Indeed there was Cahya who was injured earlier but all the players have worked hard and showed their best. For Cahya, I have video call and there are no problems,” added Shin Tae-yong.
Hong Kong, who was awarded a penalty, reduced the score through Chen Ngo Hin in the 60th minute. Substitute goalkeeper Aditya Arya Nugraha was actually able to block Chen’s penalty but his rebound was unstoppable.
Marselino Ferdinand, who was sent on by Shin Tae-yong with 10 minutes of normal time remaining, made the team play aggressively again and put pressure on it. The Persebaya Surabaya player had an instant impact, scoring the fourth goal for Indonesia five minutes after entering the field.
At the end of the match, Marselino even scored his second goal via a penalty to lock Indonesia’s victory to 5-1. The last match against Vietnam will take place on Sunday (18/9). (OL-8)