Ernando Ari Will Be the Key to the U-23 Indonesia National Team Vs Thailand in the 2021 SEA Games Semifinals

Indonesia U-23 national team goalkeeper Ernando Ari tries to save the ball during training to prepare for the 2021 SEA Games at the Madya Stadium, Senayan, Jakarta, Tuesday (12/04/2022) afternoon WIB. The Garuda Muda squad is scheduled to compete in Hanoi on May 6-22 2022. (Bola.com/Bagaskara Blue)

The 2021 SEA Games football branch will enter the semifinals. One match that will attract attention is the women of Thailand against the Indonesian U-23 national team.

Thailand met the U-23 Indonesian National Team to compete for a ticket to the final. The classic duel will be played at Thien Truong Stadium, Thursday (19/5/2022).

The Indonesian U-23 national team is lucky to have Ernando Ari Sutaryadi under the crossbar. The player who strengthens the Persebaya Surabaya club is the last piece that Garuda Muda needs at the 2021 SEA Games.

Initially, the 20-year-old player only occupied the bench when the Indonesian U-23 national team was defeated by Vietnam in the inaugural match. But after that, Ernando never looked back.

In his first match, Ernando immediately received great pressure. He had to face Timor Leste’s penalty kick in the 3rd minute. But from there, his confidence rose.

Calmly, the Semarang-born goalkeeper parried Mouzinho Barreto de Lima’s penalty shot. Although in the end he failed to get a clean sheet, Ernando remained a byword after the match.

With his current performance, it is not impossible that this player who graduated from the Persebaya internal club will become the trump card for the U-23 Indonesian National Team in the match later. Here’s the full review.

1 Clean Sheet and 8 Rescues

The Indonesian U-23 national team clearly needs a lot of improvement to be able to get past Thailand’s obstacles in the semi-finals. With the status of the most productive team, the White Elephant team is ready to destroy Indonesia’s defense.

Relying on Ernando alone will not be enough. In three appearances, he was only able to pack one clean sheet against the Philippines. Timor Leste and Myanmar managed to thrill the net during the group stages.

But the eight saves he made proved crucial for the Red and White. However, he needs to be supported by a more solid defense than before.

Ernando has fond memories of meeting Thailand in the final of the AFF U-16 Cup in 2018. He became the hero of the victory after holding off Apidet Janngam and Pongsakorn Innet’s shots in the shootout.

A similar situation may occur when Indonesia faces Thailand in the semi-finals of the 2021 SEA Games. Indonesia will need its expertise again to overcome its eternal rival.

But Indonesia should not be complacent with the greatness of the goalkeeper. Because, Thailand has a senior goalkeeper who is also no less great, namely Kawin Thammasatchanan.

Coach Shin Tae-yong admitted that the U-23 Indonesian national team was ready to face anyone in the 2021 SEA Games semifinals. Shin Tae-yong admitted that he would prepare a formidable team.

“If you look at Group B, indeed Malaysia and Thailand will qualify. Whether it’s Malaysia or Thailand, we will prepare this team as best we can to fight anyone,” said Shin Tae-yong.

The 2021 SEA Games semifinals will be held simultaneously on Thursday (19/5/2022). The U-23 Indonesian National Team will compete in the second match or evening at 19.00 WIB.

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