Indonesian U-23 team lost to Iraq, coach Shin Tae-yong reveals reasons behind the defeat

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Indonesian U-23 national team coach Shin Tae-yong considered the difference in squad size as a key factor in Iraq’s victory.

Indonesia, which has debutant status, lost 1-2 to Iraq in the third place match in the 2024 U-23 Asian Cup at the Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium, Doha, Qatar, on Thursday evening, May 2.

“I think Iraq played quite well in the second half. We can all see in all the matches that we are not solid enough in individual performances,” Shin Tae-yong said at the post-match press conference.

“There is a difference in the level of individual performance. In every match we play almost the same eleven players. It may be difficult for our team to match their level,” said the South Korean coach.

Garuda Muda took the lead through Ivar Jenner’s goal in the 19th minute before Zaid Tahseen Hantoosh equalized in the 27th minute. Iraq turned things around when Ali Jasim’s goal in the first extra time changed the score to 2-1.

Despite the defeat against Iraq, Marselino Ferdinan and his friends still have the opportunity to get a ticket for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris through the play-off match.

Indonesia will compete for fourth place in the 2023 U23 Africa Cup of Nations Guinea next week in France on May 9.

Shin Tae-yong said he will focus on recovering the players’ stamina over the next two to three days before preparing strategies and analysis ahead of the match against Guinea.

“Of course the players look tired and have run out of stamina. I think they will focus on recovery in the next two to three days. I will do my best to take advantage of the opportunities available and get this team a place on to secure the Olympic Games.” Shin Tae-yong said.


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