Suara Denpasar – The U-23 Indonesian national team managed to advance to the final round of the 2023 AFF U23 Cup, after defeating host Thailand with a 3-1 advantage. What’s interesting, Robi Darwis, managed to provide an assist through a throw-in a la Pratama Arhan.
Victory was obtained after the Indonesian national team won with a score of 1-3 over hosts Thailand in the semifinals at the Rayong Province Stadium, Thursday (24/8/2023) evening.
Shin Tae-yong’s team won, showing a good and aggressive game from the early minutes.
The Garuda Muda squad opened the scoring in 10 minutes. It was Jeam Kelly Sroyer who fired a hard and well-aimed shot from outside the penalty box which goalkeeper Siriwat Ingkaew failed to push over. 0-1 advantage for Indonesia.
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Getting an injection of enthusiasm for the first goal, Indonesia played more and more aggressively, as a result in the 23rd minute the second goal was created.
The second goal is quite interesting. Reminiscent of Pratama Arhan, the Indonesian national team defender who now plays for Tokyo Verdy.
Pratama Arhan is also known for his throw-in which is far enough to even reach the mouth of the goal. That’s what Robi Darwis did.
Robi Darwis threw from the left side of the field, straight towards the mouth of the goal. Muhammad Ferarri who was there managed to head the round skin into the corner of the Thai goal.
Thailand can be a little happy because they managed to catch up with one goal to become 1-2 through Chudit Wanpraphao through a header from a corner kick.
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Unlucky for Thailand, defender Natcha Promsomboon even made a blunder as a result of misjudging the ball and it went into his own net.
As a result, Indonesia got a free goal from a mistake by a Thai player. This advantage lasted until the first half ended.
Continuing in the second half, Thailand, who worked hard, still could not break through Indonesia’s defense. Robi Darwis repeatedly throws in from the edge of the field which is quite a distance.
The efforts of the Persib Bandung defensive midfielder often confuse Thai players, especially the goalkeeper, so they have to make a save when the ball is heading towards the mouth of the goal.
On the other hand, goalkeeper Ernando Ari’s slick performance, which several times thwarted Thailand’s chances, also deserves appreciation.
Indonesia did not want to be satisfied with the score, Alfeandra Dewangga et al also tried to steal another goal from Thailand, but unfortunately the enemy’s defense this time strengthened again.
The 1-3 score lasted until the end of the match, with this advantage the Indonesian national team has the right to advance to the 2023 AFF U23 Cup final.
In the top match on August 26, Vietnam will be waiting for Indonesia. An opponent that Coach Shin Tae-yong certainly cannot take lightly.
A number of netizens highlighted the throw-in away from Robi Darwis via Twitter.
“Robi Dervish throwing the ball is like throwing a javelin,” wrote @rigen_pandegani
“Throw in specialist moved to Robi Darwis. Great goal for Ferrari,” said @ravewasq
“There is no arhan. There are still dervishes who throw deep and sharp,” said @sofyan_juve1897
“The javelin throwing strategy worked, Robi Darwis,” said @kaoshitam. (*/Aryo)