Sun, Jul 15, 2007 - Page 24 News List

Last gasp goal breaks Indonesian hearts


An injury-time header from substitute Saad Al Harthi earnt Saudi Arabia a priceless Asian Cup win to break Indonesian hearts yesterday.

The co-hosts had held out admirably in a one-sided second half after first half goals from Yasser Al Qahtani and Aiboy Elie had seen the teams level 1-1 at the break.

But Saudi Arabia's 2-1 victory sees them leap above Indonesia to the top of group D with four points from two games.

It was a thrilling match played in a carnival atmosphere in front of a packed 88,000 sell-out crowd.

Saudi Arabia scored when Al Qahtani got in front of his marker to plant a header from Ahmed Al Bahri's cross into the bottom corner.

The action was unrelenting and on 20 minutes Indonesia were level, thanks largely to Syamsul Bachri's industry.

He won a tackle 30m out and the ball broke past the backline to Elie who rounded Al Mosailem and cooly slotted home.

The second half was every bit as exciting as Indonesia started to pay for all the chasing they did in the first half and the chances were coming thick and fast for Saudi Arabia.

Deep into injury time Indonesia could do nothing to stop Al Harthi's header from a free-kick.

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