AFF Suzuki Cup Semis: Indonesia takes Game 1

I missed the Azkals – Merah Putih game last night because of the company Christmas party. Thank heavens for instant uploads to Youtube.

I can hardly imagine the atmosphere in that gargantuan stadium – with the sea of red and white football-mad Indonesians. The sight of red fireworks amidst the 80,000-strong crowd was stunning.

Photo from AFF Suzuki Cup website

Read the Inquirer’s report on the game here

Read the post-game article from the AFF Suzuki Cup site here

Nevertheless, it was a relatively respectable result with the Philippines losing to Indonesia 0-1. It’s certainly a far cry the 0-13 shellacking in 2003 (or was it 2002?). Indonesia’s Uruguay-born striker Cristian Gonzales in the 34th minute, on a defensive lapse by Neil Etheridge. The Philippines’ Phil Younghusband failed to capitalize on some near misses.

Video credit:

sl1pers

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