Todd Rivaldo Ferre: One man, one almighty fightback

FourFourTwo football editor Gabriel Tan looks back at Todd Rivaldo Ferre’s virtuoso display in Indonesia’s 6-5 defeat to Qatar at the AFC U-19 Championship.

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It was supposed to end up as an emphatic victory to Qatar, one which would get their AFC U-19 Championship firmly back on track.

After losing 2-1 to United Arab Emirates in their Group A opener, the Qataris found themselves leading Indonesia 6-1 at the Gelora Bung Karno, having completely sliced apart the hosts with some clinical attacking football.

Then, all of a sudden, a diminutive 19-year-old hailing from Jayapura produced a scintillating display that threatened to inspire Indonesia to producing a comeback of epic proportions.

The Qatari defence, almost all of whom stood at least a head taller, had absolutely no answer for Rivaldo Ferre as he netted a brilliant hat-trick to bring his side on the brink of cancelling out their opponents’ five-goal advantage.

Although it was not to be in the end, Rivaldo Ferre’s brilliant cameo will go down as one of the greatest individual displays in AFC U-19 Championship history.

Here, FourFourTwo recounts his moments on the field.

54:47 min (Qatar 5-1 Indonesia): With his side trailing 5-1, Indonesia coach Indra Sjafri decides to use his second substitution to introduce Rivaldo Ferre for striker Rafli Mursalim, who had battled hard but to little effect.

Moments before taking to the field, as he stood by the touchline, the Persipura Jayapura had his eyes closed and hands locked together in prayer, as though looking for some inspiration from above.

Little did he know – it was him that would prove to be the divine intervention.