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Jakarta Post

Asian Games: UAE eliminates Indonesia in round of 16 soccer match

  • Fachrul Sidiq

    The Jakarta Post

Cikarang, West Java   /   Fri, August 24, 2018   /   09:25 pm
Asian Games: UAE eliminates Indonesia in round of 16 soccer match The Asian Games' men's football mascot. (Courtesy of/Inasgoc)

Indonesia criticized the referee for awarding two controversial penalties to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in a match that saw the host nation getting eliminated in the round of 16 on Friday. 

Indonesia failed to advance to the quarterfinals after losing in a penalty shoot-out after finishing the game 2-2 during normal time.

"Today is a sad day for us because we were robbed by [the referee]. The second penalty should not have been awarded," Indonesia goalkeeper Andritany Ardhiyasa told the press after the match. 

Robert Shaun Evans of Australia awarded a penalty in each half to the visiting side.

The second penalty was dubious because there was minimal contact, coach Luis Milla said.

"The referee doesn't have any competence to officiate at the Asian Games. He is not on that level. He's the [opponent’s] 12th player and I am sad that our players' struggle had to end like this," the Spanish coach said. 

The home team trailed twice, but a goal from Alberto "Beto" Goncalves and a last-minute equalizer from Stefano Lilipaly gave some hope to Indonesia who played in front of 25,000 fans at Wibawa Mukti Stadium in Cikarang, West Java. 

Substitutes Septian David Maulana and Saddil Ramdani, who contributed to two of Indonesia's goals with assists, failed to convert from the spot, while four of the UAE's penalty kickers found the back of the net after sending Indonesia’s keeper the wrong way. 

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia shocked China 4-3 to advance to the quarterfinals.