Suara.com – The U-23 Indonesian national team unexpectedly defeated the U-23 Thailand national team with a convincing score of 3-1 in the semifinal match of the 2023 U-23 AFF Cup held at Rayong Province Stadium, Thailand, Thursday (24/8) evening WIB.
Thailand is actually the favorite to win over the Indonesian National Team thanks to their good performances in the last group phase. In addition, Thailand is also the host of the tournament.
While the U-23 Indonesian National Team only qualified for the semifinals as the best runner-up from Group B.
However, presenting fast games throughout the first half, the Indonesian national team overwhelmed Thailand. The Garuda Muda team successfully scored three goals against their opponents, while Thailand was only able to reply once via a set-piece.
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With this victory, the U-23 Indonesian national team will qualify for the final and will challenge Vietnam in the top match later. Vietnam won a landslide victory over Malaysia 4-1 in the semifinal match which was also held today.
The U-23 Indonesian national team will duel with Vietnam on Saturday (26/8) evening WIB in the final match at the same venue. While Thailand will face Malaysia in the third place match which will be held on the same day in the afternoon.
At the Rayong Stadium, in the 10th minute, Jeam Kelly Sroyer’s beautiful goal gave the Indonesian national team a 1-0 lead over Thailand. The winger’s sharp horizontal kick from outside the 16th box penetrated the lower left corner of the Thai goal.
13 minutes later, Indonesia doubled its advantage over the host of the tournament. Robi Darwis’ long throw ball immediately fell into the mouth of the Thai goal.
Defender Muhammad Ferarri was immediately greeted with a header that again broke into the Thai goal. Indonesia won 2-0.
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However, not long ago, Thailand succeeded in reducing the lag through a corner kick scheme. Chukid Wanpraphao escaped the supervision of Rifky Dwi Septiawan to bring Thailand to reduce the score to 1-2.