Wanewar scores in Indonesia victory

Indonesia defeated Timor Leste 1-0 to top football’s Group B standings of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games taking place in Malaysia on Sunday.

The only goal at the Stadium Majlis Perbandaran Selayang was scored by forward Marinus Wanewa in a match dominated by Indonesia but poor finishing a good goalkeeping by Ajie kept the score at 1-0.

In the 21st minute, Indonesia took the lead when a quality cross from the right by David Maulana found Wanewar, who scored with a header to put his side 1-0 up.

Timor Leste almost grabbed the equalizer in the 26th minute when a long ball up the middle found Danilson Conceicao Araujo, who hammered a left-footed shot but was denied from scoring with a diving save to his left by goalkeeper Ajie.

Wanewar came close to scoring again for Indonesia in the 31st minute when his right-footed shot from the left side went narrowly over the crossbar.

The sides went in at the half-time break with Indonesia leading by the solitary goal.

After the break, Indonesia looked the better side with dangerman Wanewar having chances, but was kept from adding to the score by good goalkeeping from Fagio.

They came close to scoring again on 62 minutes when Febri Haryadi sent through a quality cross into the penalty area which found Osvaldo Haay who headed the ball over the bar.

Just before the final whistle Timor Leste were down to 10-men when they had Filipe Oliveira red-carded for dangerous play and Evan Dimas and Mariyanto of Indonesia were yellow-carded for involvement in a scuffle.

In the end, Indonesia were deserved winners and after three games top the group standings with seven points one ahead of Vietnam who must still play their third game.

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