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The U-23 national team lost 1-2 to Iraq and finished in fourth place in the Qatar U-23 Asian Cup

: Acting Governor of East Java, Adhy Karyono Nobar Indonesia U-23 vs Iraq U-23 match at Grahadi State Building, Friday (5/3/2024) early morning. Photo: Yanu JNR

Surabaya, InfoPublik – The Indonesian U-23 National Team had to settle for fourth place in the Qatar U-23 Asian Cup after losing 1-2 to the Iraq U-23 National Team, but Indonesia still has a chance to to qualify for the 2024 Olympic Games with the AFC-CAF play-off against Guinea U-23.

The 2024 U-23 Asian Cup will be the final qualifying series for the 2024 Olympic Games. Uzbekistan, Japan and Iraq will certainly be Asia’s representatives at the 2024 Olympics. “Indonesia still has a chance to qualify for the 2024 Olympics by winning the play-off against Guinea in a week’s time will be disputed,” East Java acting governor Adhy Karyono said after watching the Indonesia U-23 versus Iraq U-23 match. match at Grahadi State Building, early morning Friday (5/3/2024).

Although the U-23 national team lost to Iraq U-23, according to the acting governor, the national team played well and even controlled the match. “This result is quite disappointing because the national team played better compared to when they played against Uzbekistan,” the acting governor said.

The match for third place in the U-23 Asian Cup was held at the Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium, Doha, Qatar on Thursday evening (5/2/2024). On this occasion, the Indonesian national team U-23 managed to take the lead through Ivar Jenner’s rocket kick in the 19th minute.

Ivar Jenner fired a hard kick from outside the penalty area. The ball from Ivar Jenner’s kick landed smoothly into the bottom left corner of the Iraqi goal, guarded by Hussein Hasan.

But unfortunately, the superiority of the Indonesian U-23 national team did not last long. Iraq successfully scored the equalizer in the 27th minute. The goal came from a corner kick by Muntadher Mohammed. Ernando Ari came out and tried to deflect the ball. The wild ball was then headed by Nihad Mohammed and hit Zaid Tahseen before the goal was scored. The first half ended 1-1.

At the start of the second half, Marselino Ferdinan fell to the ground in pain after being fouled by Karrar Mohammed in the 50th minute. The player with shirt number 7 immediately received treatment and started playing again. The ball from Marselino Ferdinan’s kick was still not on target in the 54th minute. Until the 55th minute, the Indonesian U-23 national team was in control of the match with 55 percent ball control compared to Iraq’s 45.

The Indonesian U-23 National Team got a chance through Pratam Arhan’s long throw in the 72nd minute. However, the ball was blocked by Iraqi goalkeeper Hussein.

Nathan made a brilliant save in the 73rd minute. Nathan managed to sweep the ball from an Iraqi player’s kick towards the goal of the Indonesian U-23 national team, which Ernando Ari had left behind.

Rafael Struick’s shot in the 75th minute still floated high above the Iraqi goal. Shin Tae-yong deployed two new forces in the 79th minute. Komang Teguh and Fajar were introduced to replace Rio Fahmi and Kelly Sroyer. No goals were scored during the second half and the match continued into extra time. Muntadher Abdulammer’s hard kick in the 93rd minute still bounced over the goal of the Indonesian U-23 national team.

Two minutes later, Amin Al-Hamawi’s header was off target. Ernando Ari’s goal finally broke in the 96th minute. Ali Jasim, who escaped the offside trap, was able to fire a hard kick that went past Ernando Ari’s legs. Iraq leads the Indonesian U-23 national team 2-1. This score lasted until the first half of overtime ended.

Marselino’s shot still bounced over the Iraqi goal in the 107th minute. The Indonesian U-23 national team failed to score a goal in the remaining time. Iraq managed to win the match 2-1. This result ensured that Shin Tae-yong’s team ended their battle in the 2024 U-23 Asian Cup in fourth place.

This achievement certainly deserves appreciation. The reason is that the Indonesian U-23 national team has exceeded the set target. In addition, Garuda Muda’s team also showed good performances, including against Iraq. Meanwhile, Iraq secured third place and has the right to qualify directly for the 2024 Olympics.

The composition of Indonesian U-23 national team players versus Iraq: Indonesian U-23 national team: 21-Ernando Ari; 2-Ilham Rio Fahmi, 3-Mohammed Ferrari, 10-Justin Hubner; 12-Pratama Arhan, 19-Jeam Kelly Sroyer, 6-Ivar Jenner (Ikhsan Nur Zikrak-118′), 7-Marselino Ferdinan, 8-Witan Sulaeman (Ramadhan Sananta-96′), 23-Nathan Tjoe-A-On, 11-Rafael Struick coach: Shin Tae-yong

Iraq: 22-Hussein Hasan; 2-Joseph Baiz, 3-Ahmed Hasan, 4-Zaid Tahseen, 7-Ali Jasim (Faiq Hassan-113′), 9-Blnd Azad (Muntadher Abdulammer-67′), 10-Nihad Mohammed, 11-Muntadher Mohammed (Karrar Saad-112′), 14-Karrar Mohammed (Zaid Ismael-90′), 17-Mustafa Saadoon, 18-Ridha Fadhil (Amin Al-Hamawi-90′)(Hussein Amer-106′) Pelatih: Radhi Swadi. (MC Diskominfo Prov Jatim /hjr)

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