Indonesia's under-22 national football team beat Cambodia 2-0 in the last match of group stages at the 2017 SEA Games on Thursday (24/08) and will advance to the tournament's semifinals, where they will face host Malaysia. (Antara Photo/Sigid Kurniawan)

Indonesia's U-22 Football Team Advances to Semifinals Against Malaysia at 2017 SEA Games

BY :AMAL GANESHA

AUGUST 25, 2017

Jakarta. Indonesia's under-22 national football team beat Cambodia 2-0 in the last match of group stages at the 2017 SEA Games on Thursday (24/08) and will advance to the tournament's semifinals, where they will face host Malaysia.

The Indonesian side was deadlocked with lowest-ranked Cambodia at the Shah Alam Stadium in Selangor on Thursday, failing to capitalize on numerous opportunities to score.

In the sixth minute, midfielder Septian David Maulana gave a weak header that failed to slip past the defense after a cross from right-back Gavin Kwan Adsit.

After 27 minutes, Indonesia had a good counter-attack situation, but winger Saddil Ramdani opted to fire a low drive within the Cambodian box, ignoring his teammates plea for the ball. Saddil's strike went wide.

In the 33rd minute, Cambodia had its first chance after a long-range effort made Indonesian goalie Kurniawan Kartika Ajie dive to parry the shot away. Five minutes later, Cambodia's Nub Tola sent another threat into the box, but Ajie once again saved it.

During first injury time, Cambodian defender Choum Pisa received a second yellow card from the referee after he tripped Indonesian left-back Ricky Fajrin.

With Cambodia short one, Indonesia's coach Luis Milla Aspas made a crucial change in the second half, bringing in former Ajax Amsterdam striker Ezra Walian to replace Fajrin.

A scrimmage in the 56th minute inside the Cambodian box provided Ezra the opportunity to let fly a left-foot strike that found net.

The Indonesian side doubled its score in the 69th minute after winger Febri Hariyadi released a long-range power shot to the back of the Cambodian net.

Striker Marinus Wanewar could have added a third goal after 72 minutes if only he was calm enough to score an open goal, after Keo left to clear the ball.

Indonesia finished second in Group B and will soon face Malaysia, Group A's winner, in the tournament's semifinals, while Thailand, winner of Group B, will face Myanmar.

"Nothing special in the next game versus Malaysia. I always say, let's enjoy the game, including the semifinal. We come to enjoy this tournament and make Indonesians proud," Milla said in a statement after clashing with Cambodia.

Another Brawl

At match end, a pitchside brawl occurred after Indonesia's Marinus continuously taunted Cambodian players by flaunting his private parts and making obscene gestures throughout the course of the match.

Cambodian coach Vasconcellos Andrade Vitorino said during the post-match press conference that he wasn't happy with Marinus's behavior.

"I have to say that Indonesia's number 24 [Marinus] used his [private parts] to mock us. It's not my task, it's his manager's responsibility to give better education, it's Indonesia's task," Vitorino said.

Milla also apologized for Marinus's behavior.

"First, I want to make an apology for what Marinus did at the end, I'm so sorry for his behavior," the Spanish coach said.

"As a national player, he should control himself, as he is representing the nation. We have advanced to the semifinals, but I'm so sad with what happened at the end of the game," he added.

Indonesia's Hansamu Yama Pranata, Muhammad Hargianto and Marinus were all handed yellow cards by the referee as a result of the clash with Cambodia's side and will be forced to sit out during their team's semifinal match against Malaysia on Saturday.

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