“Indonesian national team is not accustomed to play in the field Becek”
Indonesia U-22 national team midfielder, Febri Hariyadi, argued that the muddy field conditions made his team to play a goalless draw with Thailand in the last match of Group H Qualification U-23 Asia Cup 2018, Sunday (23/07/2017).
“With such a muddy field, I and my friends are very difficult, we are not used to playing on such muddy pitches,” Febri said after the match.
Heavy rains flooded the stadium area since the game rolled five minutes.
Both teams had to play in the puddled field on many sides. Players have trouble rolling the ball.
Several times, the ball must stop rolling due to puddles.
Behind the difficulty, Luis Milla’s squad has a number of opportunities. One of them through left foot shot Osvaldo Haay in the 86th minute. However, the ball Osvaldo kicks are still deviated.
For 90 minutes, the team recorded Labbola release a total of two shots of which hit the target.
However, the draw is not enough to make Indonesia reach tickets to qualify for the U-23 Asia Cup 2018 in China in January 2018.
Indonesia finished in third place in Group H with four points. While Thailand became runner-up with five points.
Group winners belong to Malaysia after they collected six points. Malaysia also qualify automatically to the next round.