AFC 2022 WOMEN'S ASIAN CUP: INDONESIA WAS HELPLESS AGAINST AUSTRALIA
Indonesian women's soccer team suffers a crushing defeat but shows a good fight.
The AFC Women's Asian Cup 2022 is held in India and is bigger than ever before. The tournament will see 12 teams across Asia battle it out for continental supremacy as well as a place at the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup. Alas, our Indonesian women's national team suffered a crushing defeat to Australia in the inaugural Group B match against the highly favored India by 18-0 on Friday (21/1/2022).
The competition noticed that the two nations, with very different backgrounds heading into this tournament, have never met before.
Australia, who have already auto qualified for the world cup as the country co-hosts of the 2023 edition, introduced its latest roster: Mackenzie Arnold (GK); Ellie Carpenter, Alanna Kennedy, Clare Polkinghorne, Steph Catley, Clare Wheeler, Mary Fowler, Hayley Raso, Emily van Egmond, Caitlin Foord, Sam Kerr.
Meanwhile, Indonesia brought Fani Supriyanto (GK); Remnine Chere Rumbewas, Diah Tri Lestari, Ade Mustikiana Oktafiani, Vivi Oktavia Riski, Octavianti Dwi Nurmalita, Pani Tri Oktavianti, Helsya Maeisyaroh, Baiq Amiatun Shalihah, Viny Silfianus Sunaryo, Zahra Muzdalifah.
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Summary of the game
Since the beginning of the match, Australia immediately bombarded Indonesia's defense. When the match had only been running for 9 minutes, Australia had opened the scoring through Samatha Kerr.
Just two minutes later, Kerr broke another goal using Emily's bait. Although Rudy Eka Priyambada's squad was not without opportunities, unfortunately, Zahra Muzdalifah's shot could still be secured by the Australian goalkeeper, Arnold.
Indonesians lost another score in the 14th minute through Caitlin Foord's kick. Then, Mary Fowler added to Australia's win. Australia added another point in the 25th minute with a penalty kick. Kerr, who was appointed as the executor, scored a hat trick in the 26th minute.
Indonesia finally trailed 0-7 in the 35th minute after defender Carpenter's lodged a goal into Fani's defense. One minute later, Kerr scored her fourth goal in the 36th minute. Australia added its ninth goal through the penalty spot after van Egmond managed to outwit the Indonesian national team goalkeeper.
It was only four minutes into the second half when Australia scored their 10th goal through Ellie Carpenter's shot from outside the box. In the 54th minute, Kerr scored her fifth goal. Two minutes later, Egmond scored her second goal of this match. After that, substitute Tameka Yallop added to Australia's victory.
Indonesia almost scored a goal in the 61st minute. However, Baiq Amiatun Shalihah's ball still hit the crossbar.
Simon changed the score to 14-0 after scoring a goal in the 67th minute. The Indonesian lost some more points through McNamara's, Simon's and Aivi Luik's goals.
Australia closed the victory to 18-0 after Raso broke into Fani's goal yet again.
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