Lanka, Indonesia draw 2-2

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:08 IST

Hosts Sri Lanka held favourites Indonesia to a two-all draw in an Asian World Cup group eight qualifier in Colombo on Wednesday.

Lanka, Indonesia draw 2-2

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Hosts Sri Lanka held favourites Indonesia to a two-all draw in an Asian World Cup group eight qualifier in Colombo on Wednesday. As expected, Indonesia dominated early on and opened the scoring after just eight minutes. Elie Aiboy split the Sri Lankan defence with a fine throughball to Iham Jayakusma and the striker calmly slotted the ball into the back of the net to make it one-nil. Sri Lanka responded well, however, and could have equalised in the 21st minute. A cross from the right found Isuru Uditha Perera with ample space in the box. However, Perera's looping header drifted wide and he should have hit the target. Memorable comebackIndonesia doubled the lead in the 51st minute with a bit of good fortune - a free-kick was floated in by Ismed Sofyanabd. And, as the ball dipped, goalkeeper Tillakaratne dived forward and fumbled and looked on in horror as the ball bounced out of his hands and into the goal. Luck seemed to be on the Indonesian side. However, that fortune was not to last too long. In the 80th minute, the Sri Lankan captain Ponaryo Astaman scored from a goal mouth melee after a-free kick.Just a minute later with the television cameras still concentrating on celebrations from the previous goal, substitute Chandrasa scored with a long-range shot to complete a memorable comeback. Indonesia now lie third in the group with Sri Lanka in last place - Saudi Arabia lead the group with Turkmenistan in second spot. In other results in group eight, Saudi Arabia beat Turkmenistan one-nil away in a top-of-the-table clash in Ashgabat. (AP)



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