Indonesia secures win and Suzuki Cup semis slot

Andik Vermansyah and Indonesia move on to the semifinal after a six-year absence after knocking the four-time titlists out.
By JP Abcede

MANILA--Coming off a FIFA suspension, Indonesia finds its redemption song still playing as the Garuda held off Singapore, 2-1, in the final matchday of Group A of the 2016 AFF Championship at the Rizal Memorial Stadium, thereby advancing to the next stage of the tournament.

It was the Lions that opened the scoring in the match, as Khairul Amri converted an overhead kick coming from a Safuwan Baharudin header that was set up by a Madhu Mohana long throw in the 27th minute.

Stephano Lillipaly celebrates with Ferdinand Sinaga as Indonesia will have a home match in the Suzuki Cup for the first time since 2010.
From there, Indonesia clawed its way back as Andik Vermansyah scored with a one-touch flick off a cross from the left flank 17 minutes into the second half. Boaz Solossa and Stefano Lilipaly then teamed up for the game-winner as the Persipura Jayapura forward's floater of a short cross from the baseline evaded IDN's backline onto a waiting and open Lilipaly, five minutes left in regulation.

With the victory, the Merah-Putih finished second in their group with four points, awaiting which side emerges on top of Group B on Friday. Vietnam currently leads the pack with six points, its final opponent an already eliminated Cambodia, while Malaysia and group host Myanmar figure which between the two gets to play in the home-and-away semis round.

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