Indonesia make their fifth AFF Suzuki Cup final
Vietnam vs. Indonesia
Final Score: Vietnam 2-2 Indonesia aet (HT: 0-0)
My Dinh National Stadium, Hanoi, Vietnam
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Indonesia’s fairytale run at the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup continued in Hanoi when they managed an extra-time smash-and-grab 4-3 win on aggregate after a 2-2 draw against Vietnam in their semi final second leg at My Dinh National Stadium.
Holding a 2-1 advantage from the first leg, Stefano Lilipaly gave the Garudas a 1-0 lead against the run of play on 54 minutes, before Vietnam goalkeeper Tran Nguyen Manh was sent off for retaliation.
Despite going a man down, Vietnam pulled level with seven minutes left in normal time before Vu Minh Tuan made it 2-1 in the dying seconds to take the game into extra-time.
Vietnam’s luck ran out once extra-time kicked in as Qui Ngoc Hai was left exposed by his teammates to give away a penalty that was duly converted by Manahati Lestusen to end the Golden Stars’ dreams of a second title.
Alfred Riedl’s men will now head into the final where they face Thailand or Myanmar who finish off their tie on Thursday.
54’ (0-1) The attacking combination of Lilipaly and Boaz Salossa stunned the crowd when a harmless cross from the latter was miscued by Tran Dinh Dong to allow Lilipaly the easy task of tapping it home.
83’ (1-1) Despite going a man down, Vietnam allowed themselves a glimmer of hope when Pham Thanh Luong’s free-kick found Vu Van Thanh who netted the equaliser.
90+4’ (2-1) There was no stopping the never-say-die Vietnamese with Vu Minh Tuan dribbling past three players before sending the stadium into a frenzy with an ice-cool finish. Extra-time beckoned.
97’ (2-2) Without a recognised goalkeeper on the pitch, centre-back Ngoc Hai stood in goal and brought down Ferdinand Singa to give away a penalty. Lestusen slotted it down the middle as the pendulum swung back the Garudas’ way.
Vietnam go for broke -
Needing to overturn a 2-1 deficit from the first leg, Vietnam came charging out of the blocks with an all-out offensive game that saw them with 75 percent possession in the opening 15. Only Que Ngoc Hai and Truong Dinh Luat were seen their own half while eight players swarmed the Indonesian half.
Cong Vinh almost draws first blood -
A smart cut-back down the left from Van Thanh in the 20th minute found Cong Vinh who just could not dig the ball up in time to give Kurnia Meiga the chance to swoop in and collect safely.
Boas and Lilipaly combine well –
Against the run of play with two minutes left in the opening half, Lilipaly’s clever ball put Salossa through on goal only for the veteran forward to follow up with a bad first-touch.
Cong Vin hits the post -
Vietnam went down the other end and thought they had found the opener when Cong Vinh’s header seemed destined for the back of the net, only to come back off the post.
Lilipaly nearly makes it two –
The Golden Stars needed two goals to draw level on aggregate after the visitors’ goal and they left gaps at the back that almost saw Lilipaly double the advantage in the 63rd minute with a first-time volley.
Vietnam down to ten men -
The home side’s dreams of a second regional title went up in smokes when goalkeeper Tran Nguyen Manh was sent off in the 77th minute for kicking out on an Indonesian player in retaliation off a corner kick.
Thanh Luong versus Kurnia Meiga -
The fourth official signaled five minutes of extra-time and Thanh Luong wasted no time when he sent in a scorcher that had Meiga at full stretch.
Battle of nerves now –
The stadium was rocking as the game entered two halves of extra time. Indonesia’s Beny Wahyudi tried his luck from distance but his shot sailed wide.
Stand-in keeper Ngoc Hai lucky to stay on –
Ngoc Hai brought down Ferdinand and the Vietnamese fans had their hearts in the mouths. Ngoc Hai was lucky not to see red but conceded a penalty.
Penalty, no penalty –