KOMPAS.com – The Indonesian U23 national team made by Shin Tae-yong still has the chance to qualify for the 2022 U23 Asian Cup finals despite being defeated in the first qualifying match against Australia.
The first match of the 2022 U23 Asian Cup Qualification between Indonesia and Australia took place at the Republican Central Stadium, Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on Tuesday (26/10/2021) night WIB.
As a result, the U23 national team was defeated by a score of 3-2 after struggling to withstand a barrage of attacks from the Australian players.
The goals that caused the Indonesian U23 national team to lose were scored by Marc Tokich (55′), Patrick Wood (60′), and Jacob Italiano (79′).
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Meanwhile, two goals for Indonesia were created thanks to the actions of Witan Sulaeman (69′) and Taufik Hidayat (85′).
This result places the Indonesian U23 national team in a situation that is no more advantageous than Australia.
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In other words, the Garuda Muda squad is behind Australia in the race to the finals of the 2022 U23 Asian Cup which is scheduled to take place in Uzbekistan.
As for qualifying for the 2022 U23 Asian Cup finals, Witan Sulaeman et al must be the top of Group G in the qualifying round.
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The reason is, Group G of the 2022 U23 Asian Cup Qualification only provides one ticket to advance to the finals.
This situation occurred after China and Brunei Darussalam withdrew from the competition.