The first victory of the Indonesian national team in the AFF Cup 2018 won when against Timor Leste. Febry Hariyadi and his friends successfully defeated the East Timorese resistance 3-1, at the Bung Karno Stadium on Tuesday (13/11). Indonesia’s winning goal casted by Alfath Faathier on 61 minutes, Stefano Lilipaly in the 69th minute through a penalty, and Alberto Goncalves in the 82nd minute.
Indonesia’s victory on Tuesday night was not easily achieved. Timor Leste, which in the first match became bullied by the Thailand Team, applied the right game when playing in Jakarta. Slick game from the opponent made them managed to steal a goal first in the 48th minute, through Rufino Walter.
This difficulty is recognized by Bima Sakti, head coach of the Indonesian Team. The Indonesians that tend to rush to find goals in the first round do not give maximum results.
“If we can make a goal early, maybe the story will be different. They seemed to be in a hurry, after Timor Leste’s goal, we just woke up, “Bima Sakti said at a press conference, as quoted by Kompas.
This situation is because Indonesia must be able to win the match. After being defeated by Singapore the other day, Indonesia has no choice but to emerge as the winner. This burden to win was considered Bima to be one of the reasons why the national team played poorly in the first round.
“I feel I can impress the players a little in a hurry. After being left behind, I’m happy that the teams were able to get up. “We are grateful to be able to win matches, the maximum players and can rise when were left behind,” said the Balikpapan-born Indonesian national team coach to Bola.com.
In the interview after the match, Bima said his team would focus on the next match. In the next match in stage B, Indonesia will travel to Thailand. The match will be held on November 17th, 2018. “We have to stay focused in regards for the next match,” Bima said as quoted by tempo.co.