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Summary of Indonesia’s Journey in the 2023 Asian Cup: Making New History

The Indonesian national team took their suitcases from the 2023 Asian Cup. This is the journey of the Garuda squad in this event, which made new history.

Indonesia will appear in the 2023 Asian Cup after finishing runner up in qualifying. Shin Tae-yong’s men finished second behind Jordan in Group A in qualifying in 2022.

In the final round, Indonesia was then joined in Group D. The Red and White Team had to compete with Japan, Iraq and Vietnam.

Indonesia came to the 2023 Asian Cup bringing a number of hereditary players. Apart from Elkan Baggott and Jordi Amat, four additional ammunition arrived, namely Sandy Walsh, Justin Hubner, Rafael Struick and Ivar Jenner.

The high target was then set by STY. The coach from South Korea is determined to qualify for the last 16.

Group Phase

In the group phase, the Indonesian national team started competition in Group D of the 2023 Asian Cup against Iraq. Playing at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, January 15 2024, Asnawi Mangkualam et al were beaten by Iraq 1-3.

Iraq’s goals were scored by Mohanad Ali, Osama Rashid and Aymen Hussein. Meanwhile, Indonesia only responded through Marselino Ferdinan’s goal.

Indonesia’s second match was then against Vietnam on (19/1). The rival from Southeast Asia was defeated with a score of 1-0.

Asnawi Mangkualam’s penalty ensured Indonesia won three points. Crucial numbers that helped ensure Indonesia qualified for the last 16.

In the last match, Indonesia then had to lose to the giant, Japan, (24/1). Indonesia lost again 1-3, and its position was threatened.

Luckily, Indonesia still qualified for the round of 16 via the best third place ranking. Indonesia finished fourth in the standings of the best third ranked teams along with Jordan, Palestine and Syria.

Indonesia’s certainty for the top 16 was determined by a draw between Kyrgyzstan vs Oman 1-1. The two were evenly matched so that Oman could not overtake Indonesia’s position in the standings for the best third ranked team, and had to settle for finishing fifth.

Qualifying for the last 16 of the 2023 Asian Cup is new history for the Indonesian national team. Because, Indonesia could only get stuck in the group phase in the previous four editions in 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2007.

Round of 16

In the round of 16, Indonesia faced giants again. Australia, who won the 2015 edition, played at Jassim bin Hamad Stadium, Al Rayyan, Sunday (28/1/2024).

In that match, Indonesia lost badly to Australia. Ernando Ari Sutaryadi’s goal was broken four times, each time by Elkan Baggott’s suicide, then by Martin Boyle, Craig Goodwin and Harry Souttar.

This defeat made Indonesia end its work in the 2023 Asian Cup. Indonesia stopped in the round of 16, which would have been a new history for the Red and White team.

Throughout the 2023 Asian Cup, the Indonesian National Team scored 3 goals and conceded 10 times. Indonesia’s defense record is the worst, because Indonesia has never conceded that many goals in the previous four editions.

Indonesia vs Vietnam: Struick wants Garuda to be sharper

Rafael Struick wants Indonesia to be sharper when facing Vietnam than when facing Iraq. Vietnam’s solid back line will be a test for Garuda.

Indonesia vs Vietnam will be presented in the second match of Group D of the 2023 Asian Cup at Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium, Friday (19/1/2024). In the first match, both sides lost.

The Garuda team was defeated by Iraq 1-3, while The Golden Stars lost to Japan 2-4. These results mean that both teams must win this match to maintain their hopes in the knockout phase.

Vietnam is currently in third place in Group D while Indonesia is at the bottom. They are three points behind Iraq and Japan in the top position.

However, Indonesia’s mission to get three points in the match against Vietnam will not be easy. The pillar of the Red and White Team, Rafael Struick, believes that Philippe Troussier’s children are a good team.

This was reflected when Vietnam fought Japan. Even though they lost, Vietnam caused trouble for Japan, who was the top seed in this event.

Struick wants his team to be sharper in the next match than they were against Iraq. In the match against the Mesopotamian Lions, Indonesia only fired one shot at goal from Iraq.

The solidity of Vietnam’s defense line is clearly a test for the quality of Shin Tae-yong’s attack. However, Struick is confident that Indonesia will be able to dismantle it in the duel later.

“After the first match, I think the evaluation is that we have to work even harder in the second match. Now we focus on the match against Vietnam,” Rafael was quoted as saying on the PSSI website.

“I saw their match against Japan. We will sharpen our game pattern in scoring goals against Iraq. Their defense is good, we will try to break it down. It will be difficult, but we have the opportunity to do it,” he added.

2023 Asian Cup: Indonesia is sprinkled with naturalization, Vietnam is not afraid

Vietnam will play the second match in Group D of the 2023 Asian Cup against Indonesia. The Garuda squad, which is studded with hereditary players, does not make opponents afraid.

Vietnam vs Indonesia will be presented in the second match of Group D of the 2023 Asian Cup. The match will be held at Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium, Doha, Friday (19/1/2024).

Both teams both lost in their first match. Vietnam was beaten by Japan 2-4, while Indonesia was silenced by Iraq 1-3

The two Southeast Asian representatives will fight again on the Asian Cup stage, after previously meeting frequently in the AFF Cup. Indonesia now comes with a different squad.

Indonesia came to the 2023 Asian Cup bringing many hereditary players. Four additional hereditary players were brought in apart from Elkan Baggott and Jordi Amat, namely Sandy Walsh, Ivar Jenner, Rafael Struick and Justin Hubner, who all play in Europe.

The six hereditary players did not make Vietnam afraid. Defender Vo Minh Trong admitted that his team was ready to serve him and achieve the best results.

“Indonesia’s advantage is its enthusiasm and the presence of naturalized players. I know their squad has 5 or 6 naturalized European players. However, facing Indonesia or any opponent, the Vietnamese team always plays with a spirit of dedication, determination to achieve the best results,” said Vo Minh Trong, reported by Thanh Nien media.

The match will also be a determining factor for Vietnam and Indonesia regarding their fate in the 2023 Asian Cup. Vo Minh Trong admitted that his team had prepared as best as possible.

“In terms of performance, the coach has prepared it, I won’t reveal it,” he said.

“And we are always ready to fight, because this is an important match that determines the Vietnamese team’s ability to continue moving forward,” explained the 22-year-old Vietnamese player.

Indonesian National Team Starting Goalkeeper: Ernando, Nadeo or Riyandi?

There are three goalkeepers in the final squad for the Indonesian national team at the 2023 Asian Cup. Who will be the starter: Ernando Ari, Nadeo Argawinata, or Muhammad Riyandi?

Of the three names, Nadeo was the last name to enter the Indonesian national team squad. He replaced Syahrul Trisna who was injured.

The Indonesian national team itself will face Iraq in the first match of the 2023 Asian Cup. After that, it will be Vietnam’s turn to face four days later. In the final match of the group phase, the Garuda Squad challenged the Japanese Blue Samurai.

Indonesia’s schedule for the 2023 Asian Cup

Indonesia vs Iraq schedule
Time: Monday 15 January 2024, 17.30 local time, aka 21.30 WIB
Venue: Play at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan

Vietnam vs Indonesia schedule
Time: Friday 19 January 2024, 17.30 local time, aka 21.30 WIB
Venue: Play at Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium, Doha

Japan vs Indonesia schedule
Time: Wednesday 24 January 2024, 14:30 local time, aka 18.30 WIB
Venue: Play at Al Thumama Stadium, Doha

For these matches, one of the things that Indonesian National Team Coach Shin Tae-yong will really take into account is the selection of the main goalkeeper. In the last five matches, the Garuda squad conceded a total of 17 goals.

A number of goals were born from blunders by defenders. And of course the goalkeeper cannot be responsible alone when a goal is scored in the net. But careful selection of a goalkeeper as a starter is still important in order to provide a “feeling of security” for the team — especially in a tournament.

Three Indonesian national team goalkeepers in the 2023 Asian Cup

1. Ernando Ari

Summarized from Indsport, Ernando Ari is said to have the greatest chance of becoming the main goalkeeper for the Indonesian National Team in the 2023 Asian Cup.

One of the reasons is of course the fact that the Persebaya Surabaya goalkeeper has also started the Indonesian national team’s last two matches — and three times in the last four matches, according to Soccerway’s records.

So far Ernando has six caps with the Indonesian National Team.

2. Nadeo Argawinata

Nadeo Argawinata was called up to the final squad for the Indonesian National Team in the 2023 Asian Cup to replace Syahrul Trisna who was injured.

The 26 year old goalkeeper who plays for Borneo FC has so far won 24 caps for the Garuda Squad. The highest number among his two colleagues in the squad this time.

The last time Nadeo appeared in goal for the Indonesian national team was in the World Cup Qualification match in November 2023. At that time the Garuda Squad lost 1-5 against Iraq, the Indonesian National Team’s first opponent in the 2023 Asian Cup.

3. Muhammad Riyandi

Muhammad Riyandi is the next name. This 24 year old goalkeeper appeared with Persis Solo this season and so far has 5 caps in the Indonesian National Team.

Compared to Ernando and Nadeo, Riyandi has been absent from defending the national team for quite a long time. Indsport noted that his last appearance in goal for the Indonesian national team was on November 25 2021 in a 4-1 win against Myanmar in a trial match.

Dramatic Win Over Newcastle Proof of Man City’s Champion Mentality

Pep Guardiola was enthusiastic about seeing Manchester City’s dramatic victory over Newcastle United. It’s acknowledged that tough wins like these are sometimes necessary.

Manchester City recorded a comeback when they visited St James’ Park, Sunday (14/1/2024) early morning WIB, in the continuation of the Premier League. Having taken the lead through Bernardo Silva, the Citizens then fell behind due to goals from Alexander Isak and Anthony Gordon.

Kevin de Bruyne’s entry in the 69th minute was the catalyst for Man City’s revival. He scored a goal five minutes later, then provided an assist for Oscar Bobb in the 91st minute.

This victory is crucial for Manchester City who are trying to continue to stick with Liverpool. Pep Guardiola’s troops were left behind in the championship competition last November-December, but then gained momentum, especially after winning the Club World Cup.

“It was a very good match, sometimes it’s better to win that way for the team, for everything,” said Pep Guardiola, quoted by Sky Sports.

“It was an extraordinary performance from the team, we played with great character. They showed me that they want to be in the competition, to fight until the end to defend the title,” he added.

Manchester City managed to win in the Premier League in the November-December period. Erling Haaland et al have only won once in six matches.

Xavi fired after Barcelona beat Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup?

Barcelona was beaten by Real Madrid 1-4 in the Spanish Super Cup final. Will the Blaugrana coach, Xavi Hernandez, be safe in his position?

“The question doesn’t make sense. This is the final. This is not the time to talk about Xavi’s future,” said Sports Director Deco, as reported by Marca.

“He has the trust of the president, the sports management. This is a tough defeat that should be discussed, but it didn’t happen, it won’t change anything,” he said.

Barcelona lost badly against Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup final. Playing at King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Monday (15/1/2024) early morning WIB, Xavi’s team was slaughtered 1-4.

Madrid’s four goals were scored through a hat-trick from Vinicius Junior and one goal from Rodrygo. Meanwhile, Barcelona only scored once thanks to the action of Robert Lewandowski.

This was Barcelona’s third defeat against Real Madrid in a row in Spanish competition. Real Madrid has now collected 13 Spanish Super Cup titles, only one title away from its rival who is still the team with the most titles.

2023 Abu Dhabi GP Formula 1 Results: Verstappen Wins Final Race

Max Verstappen ended Formula 1 2023 on a strong note. The Red Bull Racing racer won the 2023 Abu Dhabi F1 GP race.

In the race held at the Yas Marina Circuit, Sunday (26/11/2023) evening WIB, Verstappen, who won pole, immediately stepped on the gas from the first lap.

Even though he was disturbed by Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc at the first corner, Verstappen was unwavering until the end of the race, which completed 58 laps.

Verstappen appeared dominant by 17.993 seconds ahead of Leclerc who finished second. Mercedes GP driver George Russell completed the podium by finishing third.

Sergio Perez as Verstappen’s teammate finished fourth followed by McLaren racer Lando Norris in fifth position. Oscas Piastri, Fernando Alonso, Yuki Tsunoda, Lewis Hamilton and Lance Stroll finished sixth to tenth.

The success of the two Mercedes GP drivers in finishing in the top 10 in Abu Dhabi made them runners-up in the Constructors’ Standings with 409 points, three points ahead of Ferrari in third place.

Another Ferrari racer, Carlos Sainz Jr, failed to add points because he only finished 18th. Thus, F1 2023 finished with Verstappen as world champion with 575 points.

Verstappen appeared dominant by winning 19 wins from 22 draws. The remaining three were split between Perez (twice) and Science (once).

2023 Abu Dhabi GP Formula 1 Race Results

1. Max Verstappen Oracle Red Bull Racing 58 Laps

2. Charles Leclerc Scuderia Ferrari + 17.993s

3. George Russell Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team + 20.238s

4. Sergio Perez Oracle Red Bull Racing + 21.453s

5. Lando Norris McLaren F1 Team + 24.284s

6. Oscar Piastri McLaren F1 Team + 31.487s

7. Fernando Alonso Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One Team + 39.512s

8. Yuki Tsunoda Scuderia AlphaTauri + 43.088s

9. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team + 44.424s

10. Lance Stroll Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One Team + 55.632s

11. Daniel Ricciardo Scuderia AlphaTauri + 56.6229s

12. Esteban Ocon BWT Alpine F1 Team + 66.373s

13. Pierre Gasly BWT Alpine F1 Team + 70.360s

14. Alex Albon Williams Racing + 73.184s

15. Nico Hulkenberg MoneyGram Haas F1 Team + 83.696s

16. Logan Sargeant Williams Racing + 87.791s

17. Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake + 89.422s

18. Carlos Sainz Scuderia Ferrari + 1 Lap

19. Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake + 1 Lap

20. Kevin Magnussen MoneyGram Haas F1 Team + 1 Lap

2023 Las Vegas F1 GP Results: Verstappen is Champion!

Red Bull Racing racer, Max Verstappen, succeeded in winning the 2023 Formula 1 (F1) Las Vegas GP. This was his 18th victory this season.

The race took place at the Las Vegas Strip Circuit, Sunday (19/11/2023) afternoon WIB. The direct collision incident occurred at the first corner at the start of the race, which affected Carlos Sainz, Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Botas.

Verstappen then received a five-second penalty on the second lap for sending Charles Leclerc off the track at the start of the race. This penalty made the gap between Verstappen and Leclerc only around 2.038 seconds.

On the 25th lap, contact occurred between George Russell’s and Verstappen’s cars. This impact caused Russell’s car to lose its front wing.

In the process, Verstappen was able to overcome a fierce race. He finally emerged as champion.”I think it created quite a lot of racing here, so it was really fun. I hope everyone enjoyed it a bit, already excited to come back here next year,” said Verstappen post-race.

Charles Leclerc finished the race in second place, followed by Sergio Perez in third. Esteban Ocon had to settle for fourth place and Lance Stroll in fifth.

Haaland Still Injured, Can Only Play at the End of January

Erling Haaland is still unable to play for Manchester City due to injury. The Norwegian bomber is predicted to make a comeback at the end of January.

Haaland has been absent from Man City since early December 2023. He has a bone problem and has missed the Sky Blues’ last eight matches.

The latest news shows that Haaland has started training with the team before the meeting against Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup. However, he was not included in Man City’s starting line up in that match.

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, admitted that Erling Haaland’s injury took longer than expected. According to him, the 23-year-old bomber still needs to rest before returning to the field.

“He had a slight problem with his leg. The doctors decided to rest for one week and will start again in Abu Dhabi,” said Guardiola about Haaland’s injury, reported by The Sun.

“It’s a bone injury, it takes time. With every injury, you can do anything, but it’s a matter of time,” he added.

“Hopefully by the end of this month he will be ready. That’s a little more than we expected,” said Guardiola.

It is certain that Erling Haaland will not play when Manchester City clashes with Newcastle United, Sunday (14/1) early morning WIB. The Sky Blues then entered a two-week break before playing against Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup.

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