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Jakarta Post

Asian Games: Beto strikes to inspire Indonesia's win over Laos

  • Fachrul Sidiq

    The Jakarta Post

Bekasi, West Java   /   Fri, August 17, 2018   /   10:18 pm
Asian Games: Beto strikes to inspire Indonesia's win over Laos Alberto "Beto" Goncalves (JP/P.J. Leo)

Two goals from Alberto "Beto" Goncalves and one from Ricky Fajrin sealed a crucial 3-0 victory for Indonesia over Laos on Friday to keep its hope of qualifying from the group stage alive.

Dominating possession since the kickoff in front of a crowd of 29,255, Indonesia broke the deadlock in the 13th minute, when Beto connected a cut-back from Saddil Ramdani to score from a close range.

Beto, 37, a Brazilian-born Indonesian-naturalized player, doubled Indonesia's advantage a minute after the break with a left-footed strike from inside the box after receiving a back-heel pass from Stefano Lilipaly.

Beto, who rested in the game against Palestine, currently leads the scoring chart for Indonesia with three goals. 

Andritany was called into the first and only test throughout the game in the 68th minute, when he parried a shot crossing diagonally into his box.

Fast winger Febri Haryadi sent multiple threats from the left side with drives and crosses, and in the 74th minute his delivery met Hansamu Yama, who sent back the ball to Ricky Fajrin to tuck it in to extend Indonesia's lead.

Despite conceding three goals, Lao keeper Saymanolinh Paseuth made some important saves to deny Indonesia making more goals.

Indonesia remains in third position with six points, slightly behind Palestine and Hong Kong, which have garnered eight and seven points, respectively.

Indonesia will face Hong Kong on Monday, and a win would put the host nation into the knockout round as Group A leader. (nkn)