AFF Suzuki Cup 2018: 5 things we learned from Indonesia 3-1 Timor-Leste

FOX Sports Asia football editor Gabriel Tan takes a closer look at Indonesia’s 3-1 win over Timor-Leste in Tuesday’s AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 Group B clash.

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For awhile, it looked as though the upset of AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 was about to take place at the Gelora Bung Karno in Jakarta.

Despite being the only team that had to qualify for the tournament, Timor-Leste took the game to Indonesia and took the lead in the 48th minute courtesy of a Rufino Gama stunner.

However, Indonesia lived up to expectations as they mounted a fightback and ultimately claimed their first points of the campaign courtesy of goals from Alfath Fathier, Stefano Lilipaly and Beto.

Here, FOX Sports Asia picks out five things we learnt from the game.

1) Bima unafraid to ring the changes

Having seen his side fall to an opening defeat to Singapore last Friday, Indonesia coach Bima Sakti did not hesitate to wield the axe as he made six changes to his starting XI.

While it did not immediately reap dividends, Bima deserves credit for showing he is prepared to change things up if they are not working.

In particular, experienced winger Andik Vermansyah proved to be an inspired introduction as he laid on an assist for Alfath’s equaliser before winning the penalty that was converted by Lilipaly.