AFF Suzuki Cup: Indonesia vs Thailand head-to-head

The 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup finalists Indonesia and Thailand have a great history of playing against each other over the years in all competitions going back to 1957 having faced each at least 74 times, though that tally could slightly differ due to colonial-era games not being recognised by the current Indonesian federation (PSSI).

Although reigning champions Thailand, who are unbeaten in this year’s AFF Suzuki Cup, do lead in the head-to-head meetings between the two, Indonesia, to their credit, have had their fair share of decent results.   

Thailand v Indonesia (All competitions)
Matches played: 74
Indonesia wins: 24
Thailand wins: 36
Draws: 14

We take a look at three previous AFF Suzuki Cup encounters between the two nations:

November 19, 2016: Group A, AFF Suzuki Cup, Thailand 4-2 Indonesia, Philippine Sports Stadium, Bocaue:

This encounter was the first match of the tournament for both teams and after their victory, Thailand remained unbeaten all the way to the final. 

Thailand opened the scoring after just five minutes through Peerapat Notchaiya before Teerasil added a second after 36 minutes.

It was almost a game of two completely different halves as a rejuvenated Indonesia emerged for the second half, with Boaz Solossa pulling a goal back in the 53rd minute before Lerby Eliandry grabbed an equaliser just three minutes later.

But Teerasil added his second with 79 minutes played to put Thailand back into the lead before he netted in the fourth minute of injury time to put the result beyond doubt to get his side the 4-2 victory.

December 7, 2010: Group A, AFF Suzuki Cup, Indonesia 2–1 Thailand, Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta:

This was the third match in the group, Indonesia already having qualified for the knockout stage, but for the Thais they had everything to play for with Malaysia being just ahead of them by two points, having already completed all their matches.

To their credit, Thailand really lifted themselves for the clash and were rewarded when they took the lead in the 69th minute through a stunning right-footed shot by Suree Sukha, to score his only goal of the tournament, and seemingly place his country on the verge of qualifying for the next stage at the expense of defending champions Malaysia, but that was not to be. 

Things took a dramatic change in the 82nd minute when Indonesia were awarded a penalty kick after the referee, Sato Ryuji of Japan, alleged that a player had been impeded in the box. Bambang Pamungkas stepped forward and converted the resulting penalty to make the score 1-1 and put Thailand out of the knockout stage with a few minutes remaining, unless the Thais scored again.

Indonesia made sure of the victory in the 91st minutes, with what looked like another controversial decision by referee Ryuji when he awarded a second penalty, this time for a handball by defender Panupong Wongsa, which looked accidental. Pamungkas again stepped forward to convert his second spot-kick of the match and send the Thais packing. Malaysia and Indonesia went on to reach the final which Malaysia won 4-2 on aggregate. 

December 9, 2002: AFF Championship final (Tiger Cup), Indonesia 2–2 Thailand (Thailand win penalty shootout 4-2), Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta:

In front of a fanatical 100 000 crowd in Jakarta, Thailand secured their third title when they defeated Indonesia 4-2 in a penalty shootout after the scores were tied at 2-2 after extra-time, having thrown away a first half two-goal lead.

From the onset, Thailand looked in good form and opened the scoring in the 26th minute when Chukiat Noosarung scored with a header from a free-kick.  Then a shot by Therdsak Chaiman that took a deflection in the 38th minute put his side 2-0 up and coasting to what seemed like a comfortable victory.

Things then started to get interesting when Indonesia pulled a goal back in the 46th minute after Yaris Riyadi scored with a shot from close-range. The equaliser came in the 79th minute when striker Gendut Doni Christiawan hammered home a low-angled shot from the right to make it 2-2.

The game then proceeded to extra-time and with the scores still tied after that, the match went to a penalty shootout which Thailand won 4-2 after Sugiantoro and Muhamad Sandy Firmansyah missed two penalties for Indonesia.