Thai media expressed disappointment when the home team lost in the 32nd SEA Games final with a score of 2-5 to Indonesia. This was a tense match with 7 red cards and 12 yellow cards drawn after 120 minutes of play.
Matichon emphasized on the rain of penalty cards in the 32nd SEA Games final: “The number of red cards cannot be counted. Thailand U22 lost 2-5 to Indonesia”. Matichon gave a sad statistic that “War Elephants” could not win gold in three consecutive SEA Games after they were crowned in 2017.
Siam Sport published an article with the headline: “Thailand lost the gold medal. U22 Indonesia won in extra time in a match full of red cards.
“Both teams played their best. There were a lot of scuffles in the match. Thailand U22 ended the match with 7 people after receiving 3 red cards and an injured player. Meanwhile, U22 Indonesia has 10 people on the field. Outside the field, the atmosphere was extremely hot when even the assistants were red cards, “said Siam Sport.
Meanwhile, the Indonesian press was happy for the 32nd SEA Games gold medal. “After 32 years of waiting, U22 Indonesia finally won the 32nd SEA Games gold medal when defeating Thailand 5-2”, Bola Times headlined. This newspaper also praised the performance of coach Indra Sjafri’s students, in which the scorers were Sananta (double – PV), Irfan, Fajar and Beckham.
In addition, Bola Times also mentioned the situation of clashes between the players and the coaching staff of the two teams in extra time leading to a series of penalty cards being issued.
CNN Indonesia headlined: “Indonesia was crowned at the SEA Games after 32 years.” CNN Indonesia reported that this is the third time that the Indonesian youth team has won the gold medal in men’s football at the SEA Games. Before that, Indonesia won gold twice in 1987 and 1991.
Bola Okezone praised the teachers and coaches Indra Sjafri: “U22 Indonesia showed the spirit of the champion in the 32nd SEA Games final, humiliating U22 Thailand with a 5-2 victory”.
Malaysian media also noticed about the final of the 32nd SEA Games. “Thrilling down Thailand, Indonesia U22 won the SEA Games gold”, Flashsukan wrote.
Nguyen Son | 06:00 17/05/2023