The U-16 Indonesian national team won on penalties against Myanmar U-16 in the 2022 AFF U-16 Cup semifinals. Bima Sakti admitted that the opponent’s defense was difficult to penetrate. Photo: PSSI
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Competing at the Maguwoharjo Stadium, Sleman, Yogyakarta, Wednesday (10/8/2022) night, the hosts buried Myanmar on penalties with a score of 5-4. Previously, the two teams drew 1-1 for 90 minutes.
“First of all, we are grateful that we were able to win. Yes, I also apologize to the supporters who were present and at home it might be a little stressful,” said Bima Sakti
Even though they won, Bima Sakti admitted that Indonesia U-16 had difficulties in dealing with the ‘bus parking’ strategy implemented by Myanmar U-16.
“But Alhamdulillah we can win, this is football,” explained the 46-year-old coach, in a press conference.
Garuda Asia appeared very dominant in the first half by continuing to press the Myanmar U-16 defense. However, because of the preoccupation with attacking, Nay Min Htet (43′) was even missed.
Entering the second half, the Red-White team still had difficulty penetrating the Myanmar U-16 defense, which played very tightly and only relied on counterattacks.
Because it was really difficult to get into the opponent’s penalty box, the equalizing goal for Indonesia U-16 was born from a free kick executed by Muhammad Riski Afrisal (69′).
Bima Sakti admitted that his team had a very difficult time finding loopholes in the defense of Myanmar U-16s, which implemented a bus parking strategy. He also regretted the many golden opportunities that were wasted by Indonesia U-16.