Saturday, 23 September 2017

SEA Games (Soccer) - Indonesian Team Bags Bronze After Beating Myanmar

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Jakarta, (Antara Sumbar) - The Indonesian soccer team bagged a bronze medal at the 29th SEA Games 2017, after beating Myanmar 3-1 at the Selayang stadium in Selangor, Malaysia, Tuesday (Aug 29).

The three goals were scored by Evan Dimas in the 55th minute, Septian David Maulana in the 58th minute and Rezaldi Hehanusa in the 77th minute, according to the official website of the SEA Games 2017.

Earlier, it was Myanmar who drew first blood with Than Paing scoring for his team in the 21st minute.

Both teams started the game aggressively with successive attacks.

Evan Dimas was active in the midfield delivering the ball to the front lines occupied by Marinus and others.

Meanwhile, Myanmar counterbalanced the attack and threatened goalkeeper Satria Tama several times.

In the 16th minute, Satria Tama thwarted a Myanmar attack.

However, Indonesia's defense collapsed in the 21st minute, when Than Paing waiting in the penalty box struck in a passing ball from the right wing. The 0-1 score lasted until the end of the first half.

In the second half, Indonesia could control the game better, especially as they dominated the midfield. 
Evan Dimas who diligently helped the attack was able to open the deadlock with a goal in the 55th minute after his shot hit the foot of a Myanmar player before the ball entered the net.   

Just three minutes later, Indonesia took a 2-1 lead through a goal from Septian David Maulana, who fired a flat shot from Myanmar's penalty line.

In the 77th minute, Indonesia led 3-1 when Rezaldi Hehanusa hit a long-range shot after outwitting Myanmar's defender.

Although Indonesia failed to reach the championship match at SEA Games 2017, they managed to better their 2015 SEA Games result, where Indonesia was ranked fourth.

The Indonesian soccer team's match was halted in the semifinal of the 29th SEA Games 2017 after it lost 0-1 to Malaysia at the Bukit Jalil stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Saturday night (Aug 26). (*)

Editor: Vicha Faradika

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