1NEWS, The Indonesian U-19 national team had to be willing to be eliminated from the 2022 AFF U-19 Cup. In fact, Muhammad Ferrari and colleagues were able to win a big victory in the last match of Group A against Myanmar.
Appearing at the Patriot Candrabhaga Stadium, Bekasi, Sunday (10/7) evening WIB, the Garuda Nusantara Squad – the nickname of the U-19 Indonesian National Team – was able to win a convincing victory with a final score of 5-1.
Despite being able to achieve a big victory, this result was not able to deliver Indonesia to the next round. Because in other matches, Thailand was able to draw 1-1 against Vietnam.
In fact, in this group phase, it can be said that Indonesia is the most productive team. Shin Tae-yong’s squad conceded only two goals and was able to score 17 goals (15 goals difference).
The difference in goals recorded by Garuda Nusantara is even far ahead of Vietnam (9 goals) and Thailand (6 goals) which occupy positions one and two.
The course of the match
Attacks were given to the Myanmar defense from the first minute it started, where two ripe opportunities were created that did not result in goals.
Myanmar did not stay, they launched an attack that led to a corner kick in the 7th minute and scored a goal. It was the captain, La Min Htwe who managed to score a goal through a header from a tight angle, the score was 1-0 for Myanmar.
After the goal, the U-19 Indonesian National Team then immediately launched a barrage of attacks that could still be broken by Myanmar, who played defensively.
The Garuda squad’s efforts to equalize also paid off with a header from the captain, Muhammad Ferrari using Arkhan Fikri’s free kick, as well as changing the position to 1-1 in the 18th minute.
The long awaited second goal arrived in the 25th minute. It was Arkhan Fikri who managed to double the advantage of the Indonesian U-19 national team through a long-range shot that the Myanmar goalkeeper failed to secure.
Indonesia’s pressure did not stop there. Even in the 30th minute, the Garuda squad managed to score again through Muhammad Ferrari’s header who took advantage of Zanadin Fariz’s free kick assist. The score became 3-1 for Indonesia’s advantage.
Less than three minutes, Rabbani Tasnim was able to score the 4th goal for the U-19 Indonesian National Team using an assist from Arkhan Fikri. The score changed to 4-1 until the whistle to signal the end of the first half was blown.
In the second half, the U-19 Indonesian National Team, which made many substitutions, did not relax its attacks towards Myanmar. In the first 10 minutes, the Indonesian U-19 national team actually controlled the match and put Myanmar under pressure.
Entering the 60th minute, the Indonesian U-19 national team seemed to relax their attack and Myanmar began to dare to go out of its area to catch up.
In the 67th minute, Myanmar almost scored and reduced the position if Cahya Supriadi did not make a brilliant save to deny the opponent’s kick.
In the 72nd minute, the U-19 Indonesian National Team managed to increase the advantage through Ronaldo Kwateh’s close-range shot utilizing Zanadin Fariz’s assist. The score becomes 5-1.
Entering the 80th minute, the U-19 Indonesian National Team seemed to play more relaxed and lowered the tempo to dominate the match.
In the last 10 minutes of normal time, the Indonesian U-19 and Myanmar national teams played quite evenly, although the Garuda squad seemed to dominate.
Myanmar looked close to scoring a goal had Cahya Supriadi not made a brilliant save to parry the opponent’s long-range shot.
Until the match was over, the 5-1 score remained for the Indonesian U-19 national team’s advantage over Myanmar. However, this victory means nothing.
Because in the other party, Vietnam and Thailand drew 1-1. Thus, the U-19 Indonesian National Team failed to qualify for the 2022 AFF U-19 Cup semifinals.
Indonesia U-19 National Team (3-5-2): Cahya Supriadi; Dimas Pamungkas, Ahmad Rusadi, M Ferrari; Kakang Rudianto, Mikael Tata, Arkhan Fikir, Zanadin Fariz, Ferdiansyah Cecep; Hokky Caraka, Rabbani Tasnim.
Myanmar U-19 (4-4-2): Hein Htet Soe; Lin Lin Tun, Lan Sann Aung, Myo Min Hein, Khung Aung Sore; Zaw Win Thein, Ar Kar Kyaw, Chit Aye, Oakkar Naing; Thein Zaw Thiha, La Min Htwe.