Indonesia’s final warm-up friendly for the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup ended in defeat after they were beaten 2-0 by Syria on Saturday evening.
Garuda entered the game at the Gelora Bung Karno on the back of an excellent run of form having not suffered defeat since a 1-0 defeat to Cuba back in March, which included wins over Malaysia, Cambodia and Timor-Leste in their last three outings.
However, they fell behind after just four minutes when Sanharib Malki beat the offside trap with a perfectly-timed run from the right, before deftly stabbing his shot past the onrushing Kurnia Meiga Hermansyah.
But to their credit, the Indonesians came back strongly after conceding the opener and actually threatened Syria on a number of occasions; Sergio van Dijk, Boaz Solossa and Zulham Zamrun all looking threatening for the hosts.
Nonetheless, they were just unable to find an equaliser and the Syrians made sure of the win in the 85th minute after a well-worked move saw them carve open the opposition defence with some intricate passing, before Omar Khribin met a right-wing cross with a glancing header into the far corner.
Indonesia will now head to Hanoi where they will be looking to finish inside the top two in Group A and qualify for the semi-finals of the Suzuki Cup.
They kick off their campaign next Saturday against hosts Vietnam and take on Philippines – who have made the last four in the past two editions – three days later, before finishing off against qualifiers Laos on November 28.
Indonesia: Kurnia Meiga Hermansyah, Zulkifli Syukur, Muhammad Roby (Fachrudin Aryanto 46’), Achmad Jufriyanto, Rizky Pora, Imanuel Wanggai (Ahmad Bustomi 58’), Manahati Lestusen (Hariono 57’), Muhammad Ridwan, Boaz Solossa (Firman Utina 57’), Zulham Zamrun (Cristian Gonzales 82’), Sergio van Dijk (Samsul Arif 70’).