|AFC U-19 Championship 2020 Qualifiers - Hong Kong U-18 0:4 Indonesia U-18
Hong Kong faced off against Indonesia on Friday evening in Madya Stadium, Indonesia for its second fixture in the AFC U-19 Championship 2020 Qualifiers Group K. Hong Kong gave it a good fight on the occasion but somehow fell short to Indonesia through a 0:4 defeat.
Hong Kong came up with an early chance on the 10th minute. Lai Pui-kei delivered a sweet corner-kick into the Indonesia box. Wong Chun leapt high but sent a bouncing header wide off the Indonesia goal.
Afterwards, Indonesia started to apply pressure towards Hong Kong backline. On the 12th minute, Beckham Nugraha pulled the trigger on a right-footer from the left-flank but could not generate enough power to beat Hong Kong goalkeeper Lo Siu-kei.
On the 14th minute, the host nearly got in front, as Mochammad Supriadi chased down a teammate’s diagonal long-pass and righted himself in the box. Supriadi unloaded a powerful shot but was paved away by Hong Kong goalkeeper Lo Siu-kei. Beckham Nugraha tried to smash the rebound home but drilled the ball over the crossbar.
Indonesia drew first blood of the game on the 24th minute, as David Maulana’s forward pass went through the head of a Hong Kong defender and reached Amiruddin Arrizqi. The latter one-timed at the ball and fired it past Hong Kong goalkeeper Lo Siu-kei, putting the host in front.
Moments later, Indonesia nearly added to its lead. On the 27th minute, Mochammad Supriadi found himself on the receiving-end of a lovely forward pass from a teammate. Mochammad Supriadi dished out a cheeky quick-shot under pressure from inside the box but could not locate the target with his strike.
At the half-hour mark, Indonesia scored its second goal of the game. Mochammad Supriadi created havoc down the left wing before sending a low cross towards the middle. Muhammad Fathur got into great position and duly smashed the ball home. Indonesia was up by two goals at this point.
Indonesia started the second-half strongly and wasted no time to pressure the Hong Kong defense. On the 47th minute, Amiruddin Alfikri connected with a teammate’s cross and fired an acrobatic shot from inside the box, only to miss hitting the intended target.
The home side nearly added another goal on the 55th minute, as Hong Kong goalkeeper Lo Siu-kei failed to claim a high-ball and fumbled the ball. Amiruddin Alfikri pounced on the opportunity but fired the ball wide off the Hong Kong net.
Indonesia pulled further away on the scoreboard on the 61st minute. David Maulana stepped up for a free-kick and found the back of the Hong Kong net through a low drive towards the far-corner. Indonesia was up by three goals at this stage.
The host continued to enjoy the upper hand. On the 72nd minute, Muhammad Alfarid failed to latch on a teammate’s cross inside the Hong Kong box. Sutam Diego pulled the trigger but side-footed the ball wide.
Hong Kong came up with a rare scoring chance. On the 82nd minute, Chan Shinichi unleashed a low-drive from the right flank but could not generate enough pace to beat Indonesia goalkeeper Ernando Sutaryadi.
Deep in stoppage time, Amiruddin Arrizqi was brought down inside the Hong Kong box. The referee quickly pointed to the penalty-spot. Amiruddin Alfikri assumed the spot-kick duty and drove the ball home with authority, giving the host a four-goal lead.
The score stood towards the final whistle, as Hong Kong was fell short to Indonesia by 0:4.