Lowering the Best Strength Against Indonesia, Australian Women’s National Team Coach Criticized All

KOMPAS.com – The coach of the Australian women’s national team, Tony Gustavsson, received criticism after lowering the best strength in the match against Indonesia.

Duel Indonesian women’s national team vs Australia is the first match of Group B Asian Cup Women 2022 which will take place at the Mumbai Football Arena on Friday (21/1/2022).

The match ended with a very striking score, namely 18-0 for the victory of the Australian women’s national team.

The star of the Australian women’s national team victory over Indonesia was the team captain, Samantha Kerr.

The 28-year-old Chelsea striker managed to score five goals in the 9th minute, 11′, 26′ (penalty), 36′, and 54′.

Also read: Women’s Asian Cup: The Biggest Defeat of the Indonesian Women’s National Team, Sam Kerr’s Sensation, to Australia’s Respect

The notch to the Indonesian goal made Sam Kerr the top scorer of all time Australian National Team with a collection of 54 goals from 105 matches.

Sam Kerr successfully beat the record of 50 goals owned by the legend of the Australian men’s national team, Tim Cahill.

Kerr is not the only Australian women’s national team player with more than 100 international caps to feature in the match against Indonesia.

There are three other Australian women’s national team starters who have also bagged more than 100 international appearances before the match against Indonesia.

The three players are Alanna Kennedy (102 caps), Clare Polkinghorne (138) and Emily van Egmond (112).

There is an interesting fact from starting eleven Australian women’s national team in the match against Indonesia.

One fact is that the 10 starters for the Australian women’s national team are players who are currently pursuing a career in Europe.

Also read: Two Highlights of the Women’s National Team Coach after the match against Australia

Different from Australia, there is only one Indonesian women’s national team player who is currently working in Europe, namely Shalika Aurelia.

The 18-year-old defender has just been signed by AS Roma’s women’s team, Roma Calcio Femminile.

The following is a detailed list of the starting clubs for the Australian women’s national team in the match against Indonesia:

  1. Mackenzie Arnold (West Ham United)
  2. Ellie Carpenter (Olympique Lyon)
  3. Alanna Kennedy (Manchester City)
  4. Clare Polkinghorne (West Ham United)
  5. Steph Catley (Arsenal)
  6. Clare Wheeler (Fortuna Hjorring/ Denmark)
  7. Mary Fowler (Montpellier)
  8. Hayley Raso (Man City)
  9. Emily van Egmond (Newcastle Jets/ Australia)
  10. Caitlin Foord (Arsenal)
  11. Sam Kerr (Chelsea)

Also read: Scores 5 goals against Indonesia’s goal, Sam Kerr becomes Australia’s all-time top scorer

It was this composition of players that made Tony Gustavsson criticized by former Australian women’s national team player, Georgia Yeoman-Dale.

According to Georgia Yeoman-Dale, Tony Gustavsson should provide playing opportunities for many young Australian players.

Georgia Yeoman-Dale indirectly assessed that Tony Gustavsson should not be lowering his best strength because Australia’s level is very far above Indonesia’s.

“I am very disappointed. This result is of course fantastic because we scored a lot of goals. However, the victory was obtained from what kind of team?”, said Georgia quoted from ABC News there.

“Those who have played have made a lot of appearances and have experience at the highest level,” said Georgia.

“In fact, we have the opportunity to play a lot of young players. Indeed, there are some young players who are fielded, but what about Cortnee Vine (0 caps) and Remy Siemsen (2)?,” said Georgia.

Also read: Indonesia vs Australia Women’s National Team Results: Sam Kerr 5 Goals, Garuda Pertiwi Lost 0-18

Regarding the composition of the players, Tony Gustavsson has already given an explanation.

Gustavsson considered himself to have to use his best strength because the match against Indonesia was the first match.

Not only that, Gustavsson also did not want to underestimate the Indonesian women’s national team.

“I think there are many reasons for the selection of the squad. One of them is that we have to start the tournament well,” said Gustavsson.

“I’ve been in the same situation before, against a lower ranked team,” said Gustavsson.

“We have to treat all teams with respect and stick to our values ​​and standards in every game,” said Gustavsson.

Indonesia vs Australia women’s national team match can be said to be a duel between the weakest and strongest teams.

Also read: Sam Kerr’s Two Sides, Specter and Source of Happiness for the Indonesian Women’s National Team

This is inseparable from the FIFA rankings for the Indonesian and Australian women’s national teams.

Indonesian women’s national team is the weakest team in 2022 Women’s Asian Cup because it is currently ranked 94th FIFA.

On the other hand, the Australian women’s national team is the strongest team in the 2022 Women’s Asian Cup because it is ranked 11th in FIFA.

A crushing defeat to Australia made the Indonesian women’s national team now occupy the bottom of Group B of the 2022 Asian Cup without collecting points.

Furthermore, the Indonesian women’s national team is scheduled to face Thailand in the second match of Group B, Monday (24/1/2022) at 19.00 WIB.

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