Semifinals against Malaysia, Indonesia national team must beware of penalty shootout
Indonesia U-22 national team will play host to Malaysia in SEA Games 2017 semi-finals at Shah Alam Stadium on Saturday (8/26/2017).
Given the match takes place in the autumn format, the penalty shoot scenario is certainly wide open. What’s more, the last two duel between Indonesia and Malaysia at SEA Games always end with a penalty shootout.
The first meeting that led to the drama “tos-tosan” took place at the Bung Karno Main Stadium in 2011. In 120 minutes, the game ended 1-1 with goals by Asraruddin Putra Omar and Gunawan Dwi Cahyo.
Entering the penalty shootout, Gunawan and Ferdinand Sinaga suffered a failure of execution. Malaysia has the right to steal gold because only Ahmad Fakri Saarani failed in their camp.
Failure was a lesson for the team care of Rahmad Darmawan two years ago, when the two teams back together in the semifinals.
“Our preparations are better this year. We often practice (anticipate penalty kicks), “Meiga told Kompas reporter Agung Setyahadi in Naypyidaw, Myanmar.
Sure enough, Meiga was able to ward off the first two Malaysian thrusters Thamil Arasu and Shahrul Mohd Saad, in the semifinals of the SEA Games 2013.
In the camp Indonesia, only Manahati Lestusen failed menceploskan ball in the round of penalties. Garuda Young also flew to the final thanks to a 4-3 victory.
According to Rahmad, the victory is also not separated from the mentality of Indonesian kicker.
Two years earlier, several players refused when appointed as executor.
“This time, it is precisely the players who ask to be penalty takers,” said Rahmat.
Coach Luis Milla certainly needs to hone a similar scenario ahead of Malaysia’s counter-action in Shah Alam.
The guards under the rule, be it Kurniawan Kartika Aji and Satria Tama, have proved solid. Indonesian goalkeeper just vibrate once in five party phase group.
On the contrary, the front line is still less effective. According to Labbola’s recordings, there were 32 shots deviated from Evan Dimas and his comrades during the group phase.