Asian Games: Indonesia needs to secure win to avoid powerhouse in KO round
The Jakarta Post
The Indonesian men's soccer team needs to secure victory over Hong Kong, China, in their last Group A match at Candrabaga Stadium in Bekasi, West Java, on Monday to avoid powerhouse China in the knockout round.
Indonesia, currently the third-best team, is guaranteed a spot in the knockout round regardless of the result against Hong Kong.
However, losing to Hong Kong will likely pit Indonesia against China, an Asian giant considered the favorite to win the tournament.
On the other hand, securing three points will put the host nation on top of the leader board and they will either face the United Arab Emirates or Kyrgyzstan in the next round.
"If we win, we will top the group and hopefully it will give us an easier route to advance to the next round," Bima Sakti, Indonesia's assistant coach, said on Monday.
As the host, Indonesia has targeted a semifinal spot in this year's quadrennial sporting event, which will be the highest the country has achieved in its history.
Indonesia was knocked out in the quarterfinals in South Korea in 2014.
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