Indonesia Suffers Heavy Defeat to Australia, Asian Cup Journey Ends

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LIPUTAN6 EN – Indonesia defeat to Australia suffered a heavy 4-0 , in the Round of 16 of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup at Jassim bin Hamad Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar on Sunday, January 28, 2024. The defeat ended Indonesia’s journey in the tournament.

Australia took the lead in the 23rd minute through Craig Goodwin. The lead was doubled by Awer Mabil in the 40th minute. In the second half, Australia added to their lead through Jamie Maclaren in the 62nd minute and Jackson Irvine in the 80th minute.

The defeat was Indonesia’s heaviest defeat to Australia in their history. The two teams had met seven times before, with Australia winning five, drawing one, and losing one.

The defeat was also a blow to Indonesia, who had targeted reaching the quarterfinals of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup. However, the defeat at least showed the progress that Indonesia has made under the guidance of Shin Tae-yong.

Quality of Australia Team

One of the factors that contributed to Indonesia’s defeat was the quality of the Australian team. Australia is one of the strongest teams in Asia, ranked 38th in the world. Indonesia, on the other hand, is ranked 159th in the world.

Australia has experienced and quality players, such as Craig Goodwin, Awer Mabil, and Jamie Maclaren. These players were able to take advantage of opportunities well, so they were able to score the decisive goals.

Indonesia’s Performance

In addition to the superior quality of the opposing team, another factor that contributed to Indonesia’s defeat was its performance, which was less than optimal. Indonesia appeared less solid in this match, with many opportunities wasted.

In the first half, Indonesia had several chances to score a goal. However, these opportunities were not well utilized.

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In the second half, Indonesia tried to play more attacking. However, Australia was able to defend well, and even managed to score additional goals.

Luck Favors Australia

The last factor that contributed to Indonesia’s defeat was the luck that favored Australia. Australia was able to score goals from several small opportunities.

Australia’s first goal was scored by Craig Goodwin through a free kick that went into the corner of the goal. Australia’s second goal was scored by Awer Mabil through an unexpected volley.

A Valuable Lesson for Indonesia

The defeat is a valuable lesson for Indonesia. Indonesia needs to continue to improve its quality in order to compete with the strong teams in Asia.

Indonesia needs to improve its performance, especially in terms of finishing. In addition, Indonesia also needs to improve its defensive solidity.

With continued hard work and improvement, Indonesia is expected to achieve better results in the future.

Shin Tae-yong’s Comments

Indonesia coach Shin Tae-yong acknowledged that Australia was superior to Indonesia. Shin Tae-yong also said that Indonesia still has many shortcomings.

Australia is superior to us. They have more experienced and quality players. We still have many shortcomings, especially in terms of finishing and defensive solidity,” said Shin Tae-yong.

Shin Tae-yong also said that the defeat would not make Indonesia give up. Shin Tae-yong will continue to work hard to improve Indonesia’s quality.

This defeat will not make us give up. We will continue to work hard to improve our quality,” said Shin Tae-yong.

Despite the heavy defeat, Indonesia’s performance in the 2023 AFC Asian Cup has shown significant progress. Indonesia managed to reach the Round of 16 for the first time in history.

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Indonesia also managed to put up a fierce resistance to Australia, which is one of the strongest teams in Asia. Indonesia had several chances to score a goal, but these opportunities were not well utilized.

The defeat is a valuable lesson for Indonesia. Indonesia needs to continue to improve its quality in order to compete with the strong teams in Asia.

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