Brunei fall to Indonesia in rain soaked encounter

Caption: The national football team starting XI pose for a photo before kick off against Indonesia. Picture: Courtesy of NFABD

Yee Chun Leong

THE national football team started their campaign at the Aceh World Solidarity Cup with a 4-0 defeat to hosts Indonesia last night.

Indonesia dominated proceedings right from the start on the waterlogged pitch from heavy rainfall at the Harapan Bangsa Stadium.

The Wasps were on target in the seventh minute through Faiz Farhan but his effort was denied by Indonesia goalkeeper Andritany Ardhiyasa.

The hosts broke the deadlock 10 minutes later through Hansamu Yama.

He headed down a corner and reacted fastest to poke home the ball before Brunei goalkeeper Haimie Anak Nyaring could get to it.

They doubled their lead in the 25th minute after Septian David struck a freekick from over 25 yards out to beat Haimie.

Febri Hariyadi came close to adding another just before the halftime whistle but his shot was saved by Haimie.

The condition of the pitch continued to worsen with the continuous downpour and it was difficult for either side to string passes together.

Indonesia made it 3-0 in the 69th minute after Brunei failed to clear a freekick. The ball was then lifted from the right for Fachruddin Aryan to nod home.

Indonesia completed the win with another goal two minutes from time.

A long range freekick into the box was headed on twice before Yabes Roni stabbed home from point blank range.

Brunei will next face Kyrgyzstan on Monday before ending the four-team competition against Mongolia two days later.

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