NTB.Suara.com – The Indonesian U-23 National Team managed to beat the Taiwan U-23 National Team in their first match in Group K of the 2024 U-23 Asian Cup Qualification. The team from the Little Dragon country was bombarded with 9 goals without reply.
Rizky Ridho et al got a big win from Taiwan U23. The score ended 9-0 for Garuda Muda in the match at Manahan Stadium, Solo, Saturday (9/9) evening.
Shin Tae-yong’s men scored five goals in the first half, then four more goals in the second half.
Of the 9 goals, former Persebaya Surabaya wonderkid, Marselino Ferdinan scored a brace or two goals and 1 assist. The other seven goals were scored by 7 players.
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Marselino Ferdinan scored the first goal in the 3rd minute with a free kick that Hsiang-Chun Chang failed to anticipate.
After that, the goals flowed rapidly through Ramadhan Sananta who received an assist from Rafael Struick (‘7 minutes), Rafael Struick received a pass from Marselino (’20), then Witan Sulaeman from a pass from Ivar Jenner (’30) and Ilham Rio Fahmi who received a pass. pulled from Witan Sulaeman in the ’41 minute.
In the second half, Elkan Baggott managed to add a goal with a header from Arkhan Fikri’s corner kick.
Marselino scored the second goal after receiving Ivar Jenner’s pass. He grabbed the ball on the right side of Chang’s goal and stabbed the ball.
Wonderkid PSS Sleman Hokky Caraka, who was only introduced in the 46th minute to replace Ramadhan Sananta, also added to the goal. He was standing free at the mouth of the goal when he received a mature pass from Fajar Fathurrahman in the 79th minute.
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Five minutes before the match ended, Pratama Arhan managed to trick the Taiwan U23 goalkeeper. Receiving Jeam Kelly Sroyer’s pass, the newlyweds fought for the ball with the opposing goalkeeper outside the penalty box.
The Tokyo Verdy club player managed to get and dribble the ball alone in front of the goal without being guarded. While looking to the left, he kicked the ball into the goal using his left foot.
In fact, the U-23 Indonesian National Team was able to increase their lead in the 88th minute with a penalty kick after Rafael Struick was brought down in the forbidden box.
Unfortunately, Struick failed to execute. Chang managed to thwart the ball.
The match ended with a score of 9-0. The Indonesian national team temporarily leads the Group K standings with the same points as Turkmenistan U23, namely 3.
The Indonesian U23 national team will face Turkmenistan in the final Group K qualifying match on September 12 2023 at the Manahan Stadium, Solo.
If Indonesia draws at least, then they will win the group and lock in a ticket to the 2024 Asian Cup finals in Qatar. As well as being the first time to qualify for the U23 Asian Cup finals.