Indonesia’s 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup campaign came to an end on Friday but they signed off with a big win in Group A after thrashing Laos 5-1 at the Hang Day Stadium.
It took Garuda just eight minutes to open the scoring when teenage starlet Evan Dimas marked his first cap with a goal; latching onto Cristian Gonzales’ layoff and skipping past Keoviengpheth Lithideth on the edge of the area before blasting a terrific left-footed shot into the top corner.
Gonzales then turned provider again in the 20th minute for another debutant as he held up the ball well inside the box before playing a pass back to Ramdhani Lestaluhu, who made no mistake in placing a first-time shot past Seng Athit Somvang.
However, Indonesia were dealt a blow in the 28th minute when Supardi Nasir was sent off for a last-man foul on Vilayout Sayyabounsou, and Khampheng Sayavutthi coolly fired home from the spot to pull one back for the Laotians.
But five minutes after halftime, the Indonesians reclaimed their two-goal cushion when Evan embarked on a fantastic run down the left and burst past two defenders before playing the ball across the face of goal, leaving Ramdhani with a simple finish at the far post.
A fourth goal then arrived in the 82nd minute through substitute Zulham Zamrun, as the winger made a darting run to the back post to meet Muhammad Ridwan’s right-wing cross with an exquisite volley past a stranded Seng Athit.
And a minute from time, the rout was completed when Zulham raced onto Firman Utina’s searching ball before whipping in a dangerous low cross that Laos captain Ketsada Souksavanh could only stab into his own goal.
Despite ultimately missing out on a place in the semi-finals due to Vietnam’s 3-1 win over Philippines in the other game, Indonesia were at least able to bow out with some of their pride restored after disappointing displays in their opening two matches.
Indonesia: I Made Wirawan, Zulkifli Syukur, Victor Igbonefo, Achmad Jufriyanto, Supardi Nasir, Hariono (Firman Utina 84’), Manahati Lestusen, Ramdhani Lestaluhu (Muhammad Ridwan 56’), Evan Dimas, Boaz Solossa (Zulham Zamrun 67’), Cristian Gonzales.
Laos: Seng Athit Somvang, Bounthavy Sipasong, Ketsada Souksavanh, Saison Khounsamnan, Saynakhonevieng Phommapanya (Sitthideth Khantahavong 68’), Keoviengpheth Lithideth, Phoutdavy Phommasane (Paseuthsack Souliyavong 61’)Vilayout Sayyabounsou (Phoutthasay Khochalern 46’), Soukaphone Vongchiengkham, Khonesavanh Sihavong, Khampheng Sayavutthi.