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Rafael Struick is confirmed to be absent from the 23 U2024 Asian Cup semifinals

NOBARTV.CO.ID Rafael Struick confirmed absent, U23 will certainly not be strengthened by Rafael Struick in the semifinals of the 23 U2024 Asian Cup. This follows the yellow cards Rafael received in two consecutive matches.

Rafael Struick proved his strength in the 23 U2024 Asian Cup. After never scoring a goal in three matches during the group phase, this young ADO Den Haag player actually performed perfectly in the quarter-final match against the South Korean U23 National Team.

So, last night, the 23 U2024 Asian Cup quarter-final match was held between the Indonesian National Team vs the South Korean National Team. Throughout the group phase, the Garuda squad ended its position in second place in Group A with a record of six points. The six points came from two wins over Australia and Jordan. As for the South Korean National Team, the young Taeguk Warriors squad has the status of winning Group A and always wins. Therefore, in the quarter-finals, the winner of group B and the runner-up of group A, none other than the Indonesian National Team, met.

With a record of nine perfect points throughout the group phase – coupled with their status as former champions of the 23 U2020 Asian Cup, South Korea is clearly quite a troublesome opponent. Moreover, in the group phase yesterday, they never conceded at all. Meanwhile, for the Indonesian national team, in three group phase matches, Shin Tae-yong's men were broken through 3 times and only scored five goals. Apart from that, the Indonesian National Team in the 23 U2024 Asian Cup is the only debutant team.

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However, it turns out that the statuses held by both teams do not apply to this match. The Garuda squad, which was underestimated, actually performed perfectly. They are superior on all fronts over South Korea. Shots on goal, shoots on target, ball control, and pass accuracy, the Indonesian National Team is superior to its opponents.

Rafael Struick is confirmed to be absent from the 23 U2024 Asian Cup semifinals
Rafael Struick after scoring a goal (source: IG @timnas.indonesia)

And at the end of the match, the Indonesian National Team managed to beat South Korea via a penalty shootout. Of the 12 penalty shots taken by Indonesia, only one missed. Meanwhile, of the 12 penalty shots taken by South Korea, two of them were saved by Ernando Ari. As a result, the Garuda squad was entitled to advance to the semifinals after previously drawing 2-2 in normal time.

The Indonesian National Team's two goals in normal time last night were scored by Rafael Struick. One of the two goals was quite unique because Rafael scored it without looking at the goal. From outside the penalty box, the young ADO Den Haag player fired a shot into the top left corner of the opposing goalkeeper.

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Unfortunately, after successfully scoring two goals and making the Indonesian National Team qualify for the semifinals, Rafael was confirmed to be absent from the next match or the semi-finals. This is because Rafael has received two yellow cards in a row in two matches. In the matches against Jordan (group phase) and South Korea (quarterfinals), Rafael always received a yellow card.

As a result, he was forced to miss the crucial match in the semi-final match. In fact, two yellow cards can be recovered provided the player receives the yellow card in one of the semifinal matches. Considering that after the semifinals there is a final match, the regulations state that the status of the player (who gets the card) can be restored so that he can still play in the final match. Unfortunately, this does not apply to Rafael Struick's case.

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