SuaraCianjur.id – On the first matchday of Group A for the 2023 U-20 Asian Cup which was held at the Lokomotiv Stadium, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, the Indonesian U-20 national team had to lose to the Iraqi team with a score of 0-2. Despite playing in high spirits, Shin Tae-yong’s squad seemed to be having a hard time finishing off their attack.
The final settlement is indeed still homework for the Indonesian U-20 National Team. In the first 20 minutes, Hokky and Ronaldo had good chances to score, but the two players failed to take advantage of them. This became an opportunity for the Iraqi team to take the initiative in controlling the match.
‘Garuda Nusantara’ back line error led to the first goal scored by Iraq in the 28th minute. Sajjad Mohammed maneuvered from the left flank and was able to penetrate the Indonesian penalty box. The first half ended with a score of 1-0.
Actually, in the second half, Iraq played with 10 men. This is because since the end of the first half, Iraq lost its players due to Charbel Awni getting a red card after violating Arkhan.
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However, this opportunity was not maximized properly. In fact, Iraq managed to get the opportunity to increase the advantage after the 70th minute to get a penalty. Luckily this opportunity could not be maximized.
Iraq closed the match with a last minute goal through Abdulqader Ayoob. The final score was 2-0. This result makes the Indonesian national team occupy the position of caretaker.