Analysis

AFC U-19 Championship: Indonesia lose 11-goal thriller to Qatar

Indonesia produced a gargantuan fightback but ultimately came up short on Sunday as they lost 6-5 to Qatar in the AFC U-19 Championship.

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Trailing 6-1 at the 56th-minute mark after Qatar were inspired by an Abdulrasheed Umaru hat-trick, the hosts refused to give in and somehow hit back with four goals but were just unable to get the 6th they needed to force the draw.

The result means Qatar are now level on points with Indonesia in Group A but in second place due to their superior head-to-head record.

However, the Indonesians can take heart from their spirited display and know that victory over current leaders United Arab Emirates in their final group match should be enough to send them through to the quarter-finals.

Still, they will need to cut out the defensive errors that effectively saw them initially hand the game to Qatar, which started in the 11th minute when captain Nurhidayat fumbled in possession in front of his own goal and was punished by Hashim Ali with a simple finish.

Three minutes later, more lackadaisical defending was again punished as Abdulrasheed was allowed to race clean through on goal and finish past Muhammad Riyandi.