Opportunities for the U-23 National Team to Qualify for the Asian Quarter Finals After Making History

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – The opportunity for the U-23 Indonesian National Team to qualify for the quarter-finals of the 2024 U-23 Asian Cup is wide open. Especially after the Garuda squad beat Australia with a score of 1-0, on Thursday (18/4/2024). The Indonesian U-23 national team managed to make history with this victory.

Quoting CNN Indonesia, Saturday (20/4/2024), after losing to Qatar in the first match, the performance of Shin Tae Yong’s squad was able to recover and achieve an important victory against Australia at the Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium.

The victory over Australia led Indonesia to leave the bottom of Group A to occupy second place. At least Indonesia scored three points from two matches.


The Red and White team itself is three points behind Qatar, which is certain to qualify for the quarter-finals. Qatar is no longer being chased by other contestants because it has won twice.

Meanwhile, Qatar’s accompanying ticket to the quarter-finals will be determined in the final match of Group A, April 21 2024. Indonesia will play Jordan, while Qatar will play Australia.

Here are 2 ways for Indonesia to qualify for the quarter-finals of the 2024 U-23 Asian Cup:

1. Win

Victory will secure the position of the U-23 Indonesian National Team in the top two. An additional three points will bring Indonesia’s points to six. The number of six points will no longer be able to be shifted by Jordan or Australia.

2. Series

If the U-23 Indonesian National Team fails to get full points, one point is also enough to secure a place in the quarter-finals. Additional points from a draw will bring Indonesia’s points to four points.

If in another match Australia can win over Qatar, then Australia and Indonesia’s points will be the same. If this happens, Indonesia will still qualify because the 2024 U-23 Asian Cup regulations regarding determining the group phase are determined by head to head.

For your information, the U-23 Indonesian National Team does not have a long history in the U-23 Asian Cup. At least, since it was held from 2013 to 2022, Indonesia has always failed to qualify for the U-23 Asian Cup finals.

Indonesian debut

Meanwhile, the U-23 Asian Cup in Qatar is the first edition of the Garuda squad appearing at this AFC event. Indonesia is the only debutant team in the 2024 U-23 Asian Cup.

Indonesia is the 25th team to appear in the U-23 Asian Cup since the first edition was held in Oman in 2013. The Indonesian U-23 national team qualified for the 2024 U-23 Asian Cup after defeating Taiwan and Turkmenistan in the qualifying round.

Indonesia beat Taiwan 9-0 and beat Turkmenistan 2-0 in the qualifying round which took place at Manahan Stadium, Solo 9 and 12 September 2023.

Indonesia along with Japan, Jordan, South Korea, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates are the six teams that qualified for the 2024 U-23 Asian Cup without conceding a goal in the qualifying round.

The Indonesian national team coached by Shin Tae Yong U-23 is in group A of the U-23 Asian Cup with hosts Qatar, Australia and Jordan.

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