Indonesia continued to build towards the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup on Sunday after claiming a 2-0 friendly win over Southeast Asian rivals Malaysia.
Following a goalless first half at the Delta Stadium, the hosts found the breakthrough four minutes after the hour mark when Rizky Ripora raced down the left and whipped a dangerous cross into the box which Muslim Ahmad could only deflect into his own goal.
And a minute from time, Indonesia went on to make sure of the victory after Samsul Arif broke free inside the box to meet a left-wing cross from Tony Sucipto with a unstoppable diving header past Azizon Abdul Kadir.
Ultimately, Harimau Malaya only had themselves to blame as they created their fair share of chances but failed to convert; Norshahrul Idlan Talaha, Azamuddin Akil and R. Gopinathan all spurning good openings in the first half.
The result also means legendary Malaysian striker Dollah Salleh is yet to taste victory after being appointed national team coach back in June, and it already looks as though the pressure is mounting ahead of the Suzuki Cup.
Meanwhile, things are looking positive for Merah Putih as they look to make amends for their failure to qualify from the group stage back in 2012.
Indonesia: I Made Wirawan, Zulkifli Syukur, Muhammad Roby, Hamka Hamzah, Rizky Ripora (Tony Sucipto 77’), Zulham Zamrun, Ahmad Bustomi (Hendro Siswanto 71’), Hariono, Dedi Hartono (Anindito Wahyu Erminarno 11’; Supardi Nasir 86’), Samsul Arif (Cristian Gonzales 90’), Irfan Bachdim (Firman Utina 63’).
Malaysia: Azizon Abdul Kadir, Afif Amiruddin, Bunyamin Umar, Muslim Ahmad, Azmi Muslim, Shukor Adan (Safiq Rahim 66’), Ahmad Ezrie Shafizie (Baddrol Bakhtiar 73’), Azamuddin Akil (Indra Putra Mahayuddin 69’), Amri Yahyah (Ahmad Fakri Saarani 77’), R. Gopinathan (S. Kunanlan 46’), Norshahrul Idlan Talaha (Safee Sali 84’).