Thailand and Indonesia Hunt for First Asian Cup Win

After a tight loss in DY Patil Stadium against The Philippines, the Chaba Kaew are seeking redemption in the second match of the group stage. Meanwhile, Garuda Pertiwi want to forget the 18 goals they shipped against Australia.

Thailand only played with three experienced players in their loss against the Malditas: Waraporn Boonsing, Silawan Intanmee (who became captain), and young talent Miranda Nild. The rest of the lineup was comprised largely of new faces, including 21-year-old Nutwadee Pram-nak as the youngest on the field for the Chaba Kaew.

The Philippines squad that Thailand faced on Friday night managed to spring a surprise, consistently threatening the Chaba Kaew’s goal. Their first attempt came after just 15 minutes, when Katrina Guillou put the ball into Boonsing’s net after receiving a beautiful cross from Chandler McDaniel on the right side. Luckily for Thailand, Guillou was caught offside this time.

Thailand’s nightmare instead came in the last 10 minutes. A goal kick from Olivia McDaniel managed to find her sister Chandler up front. After a quick one-two with her teammates, the 23-year-old striker controlled the ball through the defenders and shot from outside of the penalty box, unleashing a strike which Boonsing couldn’t handle well enough to keep out.

Needing full points against Indonesia, Miyo Okamoto is likely to turn to the experienced players to make up her starting eleven. The Garuda Pertiwi may have conceded 18 goals, but Ade Mustikiana Oktaviani and her teammates at the back managed to catch Australia offside nine times; a trip which may succeed against the Chaba Kaew’s strikers.

Indonesia also have options to shock Thailand on the counter-attack, such as Baiq Amiatun and Zahra Muzdalifah.

Thailand will likely start with with Miranda Nild and Taneekarn Dangda as the two main strikers, with the latter replacing Saowalak Pengngam. Both will be perfect opponents against the Garuda Pertiwi captain, Ade Mustikiana, and Shalika Aurelia, the young Roma Femminile defender.

If they field their experienced players and exert more control, Thailand will be favourites to pick up their first win of the competition tonight.

F.X. Steven

Football Addict, Philosophy Student and an Amateur Poet.

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