Indonesia's Muhammad Hargianto, left, and Hanif Sjahbandi try to stop Vietnam's Nguyen Cong Phuong on Tuesday (22/08). (Antara Photo/Wahyu Putro A.)

Indonesia Holds Vietnam to Draw, Can Still Advance to Semifinals at SEA Games


AUGUST 23, 2017

Jakarta. Indonesia's under-22 national football team held Vietnam to a goalless draw in a group stage match at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games at the Majlis Perbandaran Selayang Stadium in Selangor, Malaysia, on Tuesday (22/08).

Vietnam bombarded Indonesian defense repeatedly with eight on-target shots of 17 threats, defended by goalkeepers Satria Tama and Kurniawan Kartika Ajie, who both played impressively. Tama was replaced by Ajie in the 67th minute, after an injury.

Indonesia, which had 36 percent of ball possession and shoot five times — only once on target — from the 63rd minute played with 10 men, after midfielder Hanif Sjahbandi received his second yellow card for elbowing a Vietnamese player.

The only real chance Indonesia had was when Septian David Maulana sent a bouncing long shot in the 31st minute. But it was tipped away by Vietnamese goalie Phi Minh Long.

Vietnam had the best chance in injury time, when striker Ho Tuan Tai's finish was heroically saved by Ajie in a one-on-one situation.

"I'm very proud of my players. With only 10 men we could prevent Vietnam from scoring," coach Luis Milla Aspas said in a statement after the game.

"As for Hanif's red card, he's still young, he is learning how to control emotions," Milla added.

Vietnam now tops the Group B, with 10 points, same as Thailand, which on the same day beat the Philippines 2-0. Indonesia is now third, with eight points, and has a big chance to advance as Thailand and Vietnam will face each other in the last match.

Indonesia can advance to the semifinals if they beat Cambodia with a three-goal difference on Thursday.