By Jason Pan / Journalist
The men’s national football team were eliminated from the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers after Indonesia beat them 3-0 on Monday, while the women’s national team are still in contention for the Cup. Asian Women of the AFC and is training in Bahrain to face Laos next week. .
The women from Taiwan arrived in Bahrain, after boarding their flight on Saturday. They are training to play in Group A of the qualifiers against Laos on Monday. They will then face hosts Bahrain on Sunday next week.
This series of matches also serves as a qualifier for Asia’s first leg of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, to be hosted by Australia and New Zealand in 2023.
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To qualify, they will have to finish in the top seven in Asia. The top five teams qualify automatically, while the other two are expected to compete for a spot in a 10-team playoff tournament.
On the men’s side, Taiwan lost in the playoffs, losing 3-0 in their second game to Indonesian Tim Garuda, after a previous 2-1 loss to them. Both matches were held in Buriram, Thailand.
Taiwan was outscored in both matches, as Tim Garuda, with his faster pace, put Taiwan under constant pressure, exploiting defensive mistakes.
Dynamo midfielder Egy Maulana Vikri opened the scoring for Indonesia in the 26th minute on Monday when he landed a cross from the edge of the penalty area, which rebounded in front of Taiwanese goalkeeper Derek Shih.
Although he may have been distracted by forward Dedik Setiawan trying to land a header as he was closely marked by defender Lin Cheng-yi, Shih should have done better and reacted too late.
Indonesia maintained their 1-0 advantage until half-time, while Taiwan tried to come back into the game.
Ten minutes after the start of the second half, Tim Garuda captain Evan Dimas rushed down the right flank, sending a low cross, which passed behind Taiwanese defender Chen Ting-yang, whose heel fullback headed straight for Indonesian midfielder Ricky Kambuaya just inside the box, and he detonated the ball in the roof of the net.
It was a decisive goal, which dashed any realistic chance for Taiwan to advance, but they didn’t give up, battling for scoring opportunities.
Taiwan put pressure on the opposition, climbing into the final third, but their players seemed out of sync and couldn’t find a goal as the clock ticked down.
Three minutes into added time, midfielder Witan Sulaeman grabbed a pass from the right wing, passing a defender to score Indonesia’s third goal.
Indonesia have advanced to the third round of the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers.
“We made changes for this game, looking to score a goal first in the first half … Our team had a few opportunities at the start, but couldn’t capitalize, and we couldn’t maintain our offensive, âTaiwan interim manager Yeh Hsien-chung said. . “Indonesia used their chances well when our team made some defensive mistakes, but that’s part of the game.”
“Although we lost both matches, several young players performed well, and they could become mainstays for [the team] what to build on, âYeh said.
“It’s good for these young players to gain international experience, which will promote their development,” he added.
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