The U-23 Indonesia national team mercilessly defeated the U-23 Thailand national team with a score of 3-1 in the semifinals of the 2023 AFF U-23 Cup. / Photo: Instagram @timnas.indonesia
RAYONG – The U-23 Indonesian national team mercilessly defeated Thailand U-23 in the semifinals of the 2023 AFF U-23 Cup. In the match that took place at the Rayong Provincial Stadium, Thailand, Thursday (24/8/2023) evening, Garuda Muda was successful recorded a 3-1 victory over the home team.
This victory also led Indonesia U-23 to the final against Vietnam U-23, which had sent Malaysia U-23 home with a score of 4-1. The final duel of the AFF U-23 Cup 2023 will be held on Saturday (26/8/2023) at the Rayong Provincial Stadium.
Facing the Young War Elephant, Indonesia U-23 opened the scoring with a fast low kick from Jeam Kelly Soyer in the 10th minute.
In the 23rd minute, Garuda Muda doubled the lead through Muhammad Ferrari’s header from a throw-in by Robi Darwis.
Behind 2 goals, Thailand finally reduced the position through Chudit Wanpraphao’s header in the 27th minute. Indonesia U-23 again added to the lead to 3-1 after Natcha Promsomboon scored an own goal in first half injury time.
The victory over Thailand U-23 should also be grateful. The reason is, there are a number of facts behind the positive results of Garuda Muda.
1. The First Team Conceded Thailand’s Goal
During the group stage, Thailand U-23 looked so superior. They finished 3 group stage matches without conceding a goal. In fact, Issara Sritaro’s squad was able to score 8 goals.
However, the dominance of Thailand U-23 in the 2023 AFF U-23 Cup immediately vanished when they faced Indonesia U-23. In fact, not just once, Ramadhan Sananta et al 3 have succeeded in tearing the U-23 Thailand goal net.
In fact, Indonesia U-23 was not that prominent during the group phase. Yes, after losing 1-2 to Malaysia, Indonesia U-23 only won a narrow 1-0 over Timor Leste. Indonesia U-23 also advanced to the semifinals with the best runner-up status, after waiting for the results of the matches from other groups.