Yangon, Myanmar — Indonesia beat Myanmar 1-0 in men’s football to advance to the SEA Games 2013 semifinals, and knocked the host team out of the tournament in the process.
Alfin Ismail Tuasalamony converted a penalty in the first half of a crucial match that decided which squad would advance out of Group B.
The penalty was awarded in the 36th minute when goalkeeper Pya Phyo Aung brought down Alfin in the box.
The two teams finished their Group B matches with seven points each, and even though Myanmar had a better goal difference, the SEA Game rules stipulate that the winner in the head-to-head match is judged the tiebreaker winner. This rule is in line with AFC’s regulations.
Thailand topped the Group B standings with eight points, even though they were held to a 0-0 draw with last-place Cambodia in Monday’s first match.
Singapore has qualified in Group A, while tomorrow’s match between Malaysia and Vietnam will decide the other Group A team to advance.
The 30,000 Myanmar fans in the stadium and at least another 20,000 outside watching on big screens fell silent when Alfin Ismail shot his penalty kick into the bottom right corner, said reports.
For 45 minutes the Myanmar players threw everything they had at the Indonesians to try and get the crucial equaliser.
They did most of the attacking during that time, but never could score the goal.
They had four clear openings in the last 15 minutes, but missed all of them.
With time running out and the pressure increasing by the minute, Myanmar’s Ye Lin Aung was given the red card for a tackle.
Down to 10-men in the 88th minute, they could not recover and were forced out of the tournament.
After the match, coach Rachmad Darmawan of Indonesia said, “Today the boys played very well. They played with good character and maintained their composure”.
“They also covered their opponents very well throughout the game.”