The Indonesian U23 national team displayed a pretty good performance throughout the group stage of the 2021 SEA Games, they qualified for the semifinals with the status of runner-up in group A after collecting nine points from four matches.
This makes Garuda Muda will challenge Thailand in the semifinals. Alexandre Polking’s squad won Group B with nine points.
The match between Indonesia vs Thailand will be held on Thursday (19/5), ahead of the crucial match, Ernando Ari as the national team goalkeeper emphasized that he and his teammates are ready to compete.
“Yes, it feels normal to meet Thailand in the semifinals, we have often met them, including in the 2020 AFF Cup yesterday. I think the team will be able to overcome the match later,” said Ernando Ari as reported by Goal Indonesia.
Indonesia and Thailand have often met in international tournaments, the last time the two clashed in the 2020 AFF Cup final, at that time Garuda lost with an aggregate goal of 2-6, while for the SEA Games, the last time Indonesia and Thailand met in the group stage of the SEA Games 2019, at that time Egy Maulana Vikri et al won 2-0.