Quarter-final - Preview: Indonesia v Australia
Kuala Lumpur: The 2018 AFC U-16 Championship quarter-final between Indonesia and Australia promises to be a cracker at the National Stadium on Monday.
Indonesia emerged top in their group undefeated while Australia bounced back in style following an opening day defeat to Korea Republic.
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Goals scored: 3
Goals conceded: 1
Indonesia ended a long wait by reaching the quarter-finals as their last appearance in the knockout stage came in 1990 where they finished fourth following their 5-0 loss to China PR in the United Arab Emirates.
The young Garuda began their campaign on a high with a 2-0 win over former champions Islamic Republic of Iran. Fachry Husaini’s side then came from a goal down to salvage a point against Vietnam and sealed top spot in their group after a 0-0 draw with India.
Husaini said his team are confident going into the match against Australia and will use the experience from their 2017 AFF U-15 Championship defeat to spur them on.
“We have been waiting for this moment following our performance in the last three games and my players are ready to put up a fight. Australia are a strong side, but we have the experience of facing them in the 2017 AFF U-15 Championship, which we lost. We will use that defeat as a huge lesson for us when we face them again,” said Husaini.
Indonesia will turn to David Maulana, Andre Oktaviansyah and Brylian Negietha Aldama, who were so effective in breaking down IR Iran, to create chances against Australia.
Goals scored: 6
Goals conceded: 4
Australia bounced back from their 3-0 loss to Korea Republic to secure wins against 2016 champions Iraq (2-1) and strolled past Afghanistan 4-0 in their final game to finish second in Group D.
Head coach Trevor Morgan is pleased with his team’s performances and is hoping Australia continue their good run in the knockout rounds.
“The Australian team love this tournament, we are very thankful and happy to be part of Asia and to be competing with these teams that are very well prepared. To progress at this level was important to us because we set our goals to the highest level,” said Morgan.
“Each match we see that we can win, and will be prepared to win and we are very much ready for that (against Indonesia). We acknowledge that all the teams that have qualified have earned their right to be in the quarter-finals.”
Australia beat Indonesia 7-3 in the 2017 AFF U-15 Championship with Noah Botic finding the net twice but Morgan was quick to play down the psychological advantage over Indonesia.
“It’s pointless to look back to a year ago. We are in the tournament now and everyone is prepared for this. We came here to win every match we play and we respect our opponents. Each team have their strengths and our job is to nullify their strength and to hone ours.”
Botic has been the star performer for Australia, scoring three goals including a brace against Afghanistan and Morgan believes his side won’t be intimidated by the prospect of having to play in front of the Indonesian fans.
Indonesia v Australia
Kick-off: 1630 hours (local)
Venue: National Stadium
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