Indonesia draw first blood against Vietnam

Indonesia will take a valuable 2-1 lead into the second leg of their AFF Suzuki Cup semi-final against Vietnam after grinding out a hard-earned victory in front of their home fans at the Pakansari Stadium on Saturday.

  • Indonesia 2 Vietnam 1
  • Pranata heads opener
  • Van Quyet levels matters
  • Salossa puts Indonesia ahead

Match Summary

It did not take long for Indonesia to take the lead courtesy of a well-placed header from young defender Hansamu Yama Pranata.

Diminutive forward Nguyen Van Quyet got Vietnam back on level terms 10 minutes later from the spot, but the Indonesians fought back to regain the lead in the second half through a penalty of their own from Boaz Solossa.

Full Report

Vietnam came into the fixture as strong favorites for the first leg of the semi-final due to their 100% record in the group stages.

The Indonesians had scraped through in second place of Group A with four points from their three games, but after a timid start it was Alfred Riedl’s side that took a shock lead on seven minutes.

It came from a routine corner-kick by Rizky Pora, with the 27-year-old midfielder whipping in a delicious ball for young defender Hansamu Yama Pranata, who timed his leap to perfection to head home past Tran Nguyên Manh.

Minutes later striker Nguyen Van Quyet had a great chance to level the scoring for Vietnam but he saw his fierce shot blocked well just inside the area. It took just another seven minutes for the skipper to restore parity, however.

Referee Jarred Gillett pointed to the spot after defender Beny Wahyudi was given a yellow card for bundling over his opposite number.

Captain Van Quyet sent goalkeeper Kurnia Meiga the wrong way as he slotted the penalty into the opposite corner to make it 1-1.

The scores remained level until half-time, but on the balance of play Indonesia would have felt a bit aggrieved, given the soft nature of their penalty.

Five minutes after the restart, Telstar midfielder Stefano Lilipaly skinned his man near the byline just inside the box and once again the referee had no doubt about the penalty – despite intense protests from the Vietnam defenders.

Indonesia’s inspirational captain Boas Salossa stepped up and smashed home the resulting spot-kick despite Nguyen Manh managing to get a hand to it.

The Golden Stars didn’t provide their traveling supporters with much to shout about in the second half and head coach Nguyen Huu Thang will need to rectify their lack of attacking threat for the second-leg at the My Ðình National Stadium on Wednesday.