Bagus Kahfi celebrates his team's success to qualify for the final rounds of the 2020 U-19 Asian Cup after a 1-1 draw with North Korea at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Central Jakarta on Sunday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Indonesia Off to Uzbekistan for U-19 Asian Cup Finals in 2020

BY :YUDHA BASKORO

NOVEMBER 11, 2019

Indonesia's Under-19 national football team players jumped for joy after their 1-1 draw with North Korea in the 2020 Asian Football Cup U-19 Championship qualifying round at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Central Jakarta on Sunday. The result was enough for the Young Garudas to secure them a place in the final rounds in Uzbekistan next year.

The visitors took an early lead through Kim Kwang Chong's goal in the 40th minute, as the hosts got themselves frustrated by failing to convert numerous chances into a goal until the break.

The home crowd finally went wild when Amiruddin Bagus Kahfi came up with the equalizer from the penalty spot 61 minutes into the game. The penalty was awarded after Bagus was roughed up inside the box.

The last half an hour of the game had many nail-biting moments for the Indonesian fans as their team tried to stave off a stronger North Korean side who has never failed to qualify to the final rounds before.

Relief washed over the packed stadium as referee Mahmood Salim from Oman blew the final whistle with no more goals added to the scoreline. 

Indonesia leads their group with seven points, two clear off North Korea. Only the winner of the group qualifies for Uzbekistan next year.

Indonesian supporters sing Tanah Airku and light up their flash light during 2020 AFC U-19 Championship qualifying round againts North Korea at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Central Jakarta on Sunday (10/11). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Indonesian supporters sing and turn their camera lights on during the 2020 U-19 Asian Cup Championship qualifying match between Indonesia and North Korea at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Central Jakarta on Sunday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Muhammad Fajar Fathur, Bagus Kahfi and Bagas Kahfi were touched when singing the Indonesia national anthem. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
From left, Muhammad Fajar Fathur, Bagus Kahfi and Bagas Kahfi sing the national anthem prior to the game against North Korea. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Referee Mahmood Salim tosses a coin before a match between Indonesia against North Korea. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Referee Mahmood Salim from Oman leads the coin toss before the match. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Bagus Kahfi past dribbles past two North Korea defender. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Indonesian forward Bagus Kahfi is sandwiched by two North Korean defenders. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
North Korea defender, Pak Kwang Sok and Choe Kwang Hwi block Muhammad Fajar Fathurs kick. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
North Korean defenders Pak Kwang Sok and Choe Kwang Hwi block a shot from Muhammad Fajar Fathur. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Indonesia middlefier, Beckham Putra dribbles past North Korea defender Ri Kum Hyon and Ra Nam Hyon. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Indonesian midfielder Beckham Putra, second from left, fights for the ball against North Korean defenders Ri Kum Hyon, left, and Ra Nam Hyon. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Bagus Kahfi takes penalty kick in 61st minute. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Bagus Kahfi takes a penalty kick in the 61st minute. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Beckham and Bagus celebrate equalized goal in 61st minute at the second half. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Beckham and Bagus celebrate Indonesia's equalizing goal in the 61st minute. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
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Indonesia's U-19 national team players pray to the heavens in the middle of the pitch after the 1-1 draw, which was enough to send them to the finals in Uzbekistan next year. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Muhammad Salman Alfarid throws his shoes to Indonesian supporter after a match against North Korea at GBK Stadium on Sunday (10/11). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Muhammad Salman Alfarid throws his boots to the Indonesian supporters after the match. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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