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Asian Cup qualifying: Indonesia 1 Saudi Arabia 2

Saudi Arabia made it two-from-two in Asia Cup qualifying with a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Indonesia on Saturday.

Boaz Salossa put hosts Indonesia ahead in the first half but a brace from Yousef Al Salem lifted Saudi Arabia to victory at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium and top spot in Group C.

Saudi Arabia went into the clash full of confidence having already defeated China last month but it was bottom-placed Indonesia who hit the front inside six minutes.

A seemingly harmless ball into the attacking half from Indonesian goalkeeper Kurnia Hermansyah was not dealt with by Mansour Al Harbi in wet conditions and captain Salossa took full advantage of the defender’s mishap, curling the ball into the top corner.

The visitors responded nine minutes later when Al Salem headed home a Nawaf Al Abid cross.

From that moment on Saudi Arabia dominated possession but had to wait up until the 56th minute for the match-winner.

Sultan Al Beshi whipped in a delightful cross and Al Salem was the first to pounce, guiding his header past the helpless Hermansyah.

Sat 23 March, 2013
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