Lilypaly ready for Thailand challenge

Indonesia midfielder Stefano Lilypaly acknowledged that his side will face an uphill battle to beat Thailand in the AFF Suzuki Cup final.

Indonesia stunned Vietnam 4-3 on aggregate in the semi-finals to book their spot in the final for the first time since 2010.

The reigning champions, on the other hand, faced little trouble in their semi-final clash with co-hosts Myanmar as they cruised to a 6-0 win on aggregate.

With the first leg to be played on Wednesday, Lilypaly made it clear that Indonesia will do everything in their power to take an advantage into the second leg.

“[The Thai players] will surely do their best to defend their title, but we hope we can play without much burden, so that we can beat them,” Lilypaly was quoted as saying by Tempo.co.

Indonesia and Thailand met in the opening game of the tournament, but it was the War Elephants that emerged victorious 4-2.

Nonetheless, Indonesia managed to find a way past Thailand’s defence on two occasions and Indonesia midfielder Evan Dimas insisted that his side are capable of doing it again in the final.

“We will exploit [that weakness] to beat Thailand,” he said.

Should Indonesia come out on top, it would mark the first time in history that they have won the AFF Suzuki Cup. As for Thailand, they have a chance to win the tournament for a record-breaking fifth time.

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