Indonesian team secures spot in round of 16

Indonesian team secures spot in round of 16

INCHEON, South Korea - Indonesia's football team continued its winning streak in the second match of Group E with a 4-0 win against Maldives on Thursday in Incheon, South Korea, and secured its ticket to the round of 16.

Despite waves of attacks from the Maldives team, which trained under Drago Mamic, former Persib Bandung coach, goalkeeper Andritany Ardhiyasa managed to keep his net secure throughout the first half.

It was midfielder Ramdani Lestaluhu who scored the first goal for the Indonesian team after successfully penetrating Mohamed Jazlan's net in the 13th minute, the only goal made in the first half.

In the second half, the Indonesian team played more aggressively and forward Ferdinand Sinaga made the second goal in the 49th minute, followed by a goal from midfielder Bayu Gatra who received a kick from Ferdinand in the 57th minute.

Despite the widening gap, the Maldives players kept trying to attack.

Adritany was replaced by Teguh Amirudin in the 61st minute after a violent collision with a Maldives player.

Ferdinand scored his second goal in the 80th minute with a penalty kick, after Samdhooh Mohamed made a foul toward Alvin Tuasalamony.

The Indonesian team that won its group opener against Timor Leste 7-0 on Monday has so far collected six points and topped Group E, which in addition to Indonesia consists of Thailand, Maldives and Timor Leste. Indonesia will face Thailand in its last group match slated on Monday.

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