Lilipaly: It was a ‘very important’ win for us

Indonesia midfielder Stefano Lilipaly has his sights set on the AFF Suzuki Cup final and believes that his team-mates should too.

Indonesia stunned Vietnam 2-1 in the first leg of their semi-final clash on Saturday and will now head to Hanoi for the second leg on Wednesday.

Coming into the match, Vietnam were unbeaten after winning all three of their group stage matches.

Indonesia, on the other hand, only advanced to the last four after a last-gasp 2-1 win over Singapore in their final group stage game.

Having put one foot in the final, Lilipaly called on his side to not let Vietnam take their advantageous position away from them in the second leg.

“It was very important for us, for the supporters and for everyone in the country,” he said. “The win gives us an enormous boost so now we will put in 100 percent in the next game and hopefully we will win – we will do everything we can. The most important thing now is to get through to the final.”

While Indonesia hold a slim lead going into the second leg, Vietnam coach Nguyen Huu Thang believes that his side are far from out of the competition and he is confident they will bounce back on home soil.

“We still have a match at home so we still have a big chance,” he said. “I was not surprised by the strength of Indonesia because such enthusiastic fans makes them stronger. I am not happy they scored from a penalty; however, I believe in my players.”

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