Indonesia beat Philippines to reach World Cup third qualifiers for first time

By Hoang Nguyen    JUN. 11, 2024

Indonesia made historic advancement to the third round of 2026 World Cup qualifiers Tuesday as their 2-0 victory over Philippines placed them second of group F, eliminating Vietnam from the race.

In an exhilarating match at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia secured a 2-0 victory over the Philippines, advancing to the third qualifying round of the World Cup qualifiers for the first time.

The win ensured Indonesia's progression without having to rely on the outcome of the upcoming match between Iraq and Vietnam.

From the outset, Indonesia displayed their intent by pushing forward aggressively. Despite the Philippines' solid defense, Indonesia managed to create several chances. The breakthrough came in the 31st minute when Thom Haye, unmarked, unleashed a long-range shot that found the back of the net, giving Indonesia a crucial lead.

Indonesia dominated possession with 61% by the 35th minute, maintaining pressure on the Philippines and seeking to extend their lead. Attempts by Marselino Ferdinan and Calvin Verdonk highlighted Indonesia's relentless attack, but the Philippines' goalkeeper Kevin Mendoza showcased his skills with several key saves.

The second half saw the Philippines adopting a more open playstyle, creating opportunities but failing to convert them into goals. Indonesia's defense held firm, repelling multiple attacks and preserving their lead.

The second goal came in the 55th minute, sealing Indonesia's victory. A well-coordinated attack saw Marc Klok delivering a precise cross into the box, where Ilija Spasojević, positioned perfectly, headed the ball past Mendoza into the net. The crowd erupted in celebration as Indonesia doubled their lead, cementing their dominance in the match.

In the 70th minute, Indonesia intensified their offensive efforts. Jay Idzes nearly added a third goal when his header struck the post, and moments later, Ivan Jenner's shot in the penalty area was thwarted by a quick intervention from a Philippines defender.

Despite the Philippines' attempts to find a consolation goal in injury time, Indonesia's defense remained resolute. The match was momentarily paused in the 85th minute due to a serious injury to a Philippines player, but Indonesia maintained their focus upon resumption.

The final whistle confirmed Indonesia's 2-0 victory, a monumental achievement that saw them advance to the third qualifying round.

As a result of Indonesia's triumph, Vietnam, finishing third in Group F, will not advance to the next World Cup qualifiers.

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