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Asean All-Stars 0-1 Indonesia: Second-string Garuda edge second-rate SEA stars

Asean All-Stars 0-1 Indonesia: Second-string Garuda edge second-rate SEA stars


One goal was enough for Indonesia to triumph over the Asean All-Stars, and they did not even have to score it themselves.

GOALBY    ZULHILMI ZAINAL     Follow on Twitter

The charity match between Asean All Stars and Indonesia was played earlier at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium. The match, which was played to collect donation for the victims of Gunung Sinabung dan Kelud in Indonesia, pitted several South East Asean stars against the Indonesia national football team.

Asean was represented by several stars from the region such as Malaysia's Aidil Zafuan and Mahali Jasuli, Singapore's Harris Harun and Shahril Ishak, Thailand's Teerasil Dangda and Brunei's Azri Zahari who were managed by 2010 AFF Cup-winning former Malaysia coach K Rajagobal, whereas Indonesia featured Persebaya's Greg Nwokolo, Persiram Raja Ampat's Steven Imbiri, and Mitra Kukar's Zulham Malik Zamrun.

From the beginning, Indonesia looked the more convincing side, holding much of the possession and making most of the attacks on goal.

However, they needed until the 20th minute to find the net, through an own goal following a corner kick. Talaohu Musafri's glancing header clattered into the near post and bounced teasingly near the goal line, but former Malaysia skipper Safiq Rahim's attempt to clear the ball away only resulted in him slicing the ball into his own net.

After the second half, Indonesia intensified their attacks, but they were repeatedly thwarted by Asean goalkeeper, Laotian Soukthavy Soundala. He and Mahali were the only bright sparks in their team.

With Rajagopal's charges showing no real threat and imagination against the host to find an equaliser, the match finished 1-0. At the final whistle, it was obvious that AFF had used a very liberal definition of the word 'stars'.