The Jakarta Post
The Indonesia U-23 national soccer team has completed its second match in a promising manner as it secured a 2-0 victory over Singapore in a match held at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila on Thursday night.
The soccer match was part of the 2019 Philippines SEA Games' opening competitions. The multi-sport event will officially kick-off this Saturday.
The match started slowly as both teams spent the entire first half sizing each other up. Midfielders Evan Dimas and Zulfiandi failed to provide the assists their teammates would need to score.
A window was created at the end of the first half, but winger Firza Andika couldn’t translate it into a goal.
The first goal was delivered in the second half by substitute Osvaldo Haay, who had managed to outrun Singapore’s back player and placed himself in a one-on-one position with Singapore’s goalie Zharfan Rohaizad. Osvaldo slotted the ball to the left side of Zharfan, giving Indonesia its first point, kompas.com reported.
The 1-0 scoreline lasted for only 10 minutes as Osvaldo this time managed to provide an assist for winger Asnawi Mangkualam, who then successfully converted it into the second goal. There were actually a few more chances created, but none of them came to anything.
Indra Sjafri’s side will face Vietnam in its third game on Sunday night.