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Thailand 4-2 Indonesia – The View from Indonesia

Football Tribe Indonesia’s Steven Danis walks us through the five things that we learned about Indonesia from their 4-2 defeat to Thailand at the Rajamangala Stadium:

The Best Starting-Eleven

Finally Bima found his best XI against Thailand, and it made the first two matches looks like a friendly games before this enocunter. There remianed a bit of controversy as he choose Awan Setho over Andritany it goal.

Defenders Are Too Slow

Thailand's third and fourth goals showed how Indonesian defenders are too slow when faced with an effective counter-attacking strategy. At times, there were major miss-communications between the defenders and midfielders, especially when Indonesia tried to build up an attack or just control the game.

Lack of Attacking Variations

I totally agreed with the local TV commentator when he said that Thailand were more clever than us. Indonesia's attack plan, especially in second half, only used the wingers to deliver long passes into penalty box even when they already knew that it would be intercepted.

Fatigue Problem

Since the opening match against Singapore, one of the main problems for Indonesia was the players' fitness level. Against Thailand, Andik was injured and Beto Goncalves looked fatigued. Bima Sakti now has plenty of time now for the squad to recover, and to think about possible rotations that he should make.


Indonesia were surprised by two of Thai's goals from corner kicks, but Fachrudin Aryanto's late header showed that Indonesia can do the same. The Garuda need to deploy clever variations when they have set-pieces, which they can turn into a secret weapon in the next match.