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SEA Games 30th: Indonesia face great disadvantages despite beating Thailand

SEA Games 30th: Indonesia face great disadvantages despite beating Thailand

The key duo Egy Maulana and Muhammad Rafli were injured during the match against Thailand U22 and most likely both will miss next match.

Yesterday, the Indonesia U22 team won with a score of 2-0 against U22 Thailand on the day of their debut. Egy Maulana's early goal in the 3rd minute helped the Indonesian team dominate from the beginning. They were fully active with solid play and launching sharp counter-attacks. One such situation brought Osvaldo Haay's 2-0 goal.

Despite winning Thailand U22, Indonesia U22 suffered huge disadvantages. Right at the beginning of the second half, the player nicknamed "Messi Indonesia" Egy Maulana had to leave the pitch due to an injury. By the 66th minute, another very important Indonesia U22 player, Muhammad Rafli had to leave the pitch on a stretcher.

This is a huge disadvantage for the team of coach Indra Sjafri. On November 28th, Indonesia U22 must face Singapore U22. On December 1st, they will have an extremely important match against Vietnam U22. The ability for Maulana and Muhammad Rafli to recover after 4 days to attend this match is very low.

After winning against Thailand U22, Indonesia U22 rose to second place in Group B with 3 points but lost to Vietnam U22 in terms of the goal difference.

At the 30th SEA Games, Thailand U22 team is the only team that does not summon 2 players outside the U22 age. They want to use the squad that will fight at the 2020 AFC U23 championship, where the land of the Golden Temple is the host country.