HANOI - Recognized or not, success of Indonesian national team to the final of 2016 AFF Cup is a little bit smelly luck. Vietnam national team appeared dominant throughout the second leg semifinal at My Dinh National Stadium, Hanoi, Wednesday (7/12). Indonesia only occasional send counterattack.
120 minutes in match, Vietnam dominate 74 percent of ball possession. They also release 28 shots attempted. In fact, seven of which leads directly to the goalkeeper, Kurnia Meiga. Vietnam able to perform 19 corner kicks compared to two corner kicks for Indonesia.
Nguyen Huu Thang skuad remain in dominant even condition lossed 0-1, even when when goalkeeper Tran Nguyen Manh shown the red card after a strong protest to the referee Fu Ming. And at that time Vietnam has spent allotted three substitutions. As a result, Huu Thang Hai asking defender Ngoc Que for be keeper impromptu.
Supposedly, with that condition, Indonesia could turn to dominate and added a goal. But what happened? Vietnam even able to scored two goals to force extra time.
Although eventually in first half of extra time, precisely at minute 97, penalty from Manahati Lestusen make Vietnam 'buried', but at least looks very much luck overarching Indonesia rather than skill and technique to play football in that match.
This ultimately become a big question, even former coach Vietnam was to wonder.
"I do not understand how instructions (Indonesia coach) Alfred Riedl. I also do not know how he directs his players who like lose 'soul'. Probably, Indonesia who we have seen is one of the rare teams in the world," said Nguyen Thanh Vinh, Vietnam's former coach was quoted as saying dantri, recently.
Of course for Vinh and all fans of Vietnam, lose like that is obviously very painful. They hope to repeat the success of era when winning the AFF 2008.
"As long as I dedicate in football, this maybe one of the most bizarre games I've ever seen. One team loses a player, put a defender as goalkeeper, and scored two consecutive goals. However, it is a mental problem, also on how to play. I think Vietnam did not have to lose the player if more vigilant," said Vinh.