JAKARTA - The heat was suffocating, with temperatures well above 30°C and humidity close to 90 percent at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta, packed to the rafters for this friendly between the Indonesian national team and Inter, which finished 2-4. Coach Andrea Stramaccioni fielded Orlandoni in goal with Maicon, Cordoba, Samuel and Zanetti in defence. Palombo and Cambiasso lined up in central midfield behind Jonathan, Coutinho and Longo who supported Diego Milito, playing as the lone striker. The Nerazzurri wore the home Inter shirt with black shorts and socks. Indonesia took to the pitch in red shirts with white shorts and socks.
The home side got off to a lively start but Inter were the ones who mainly kept possession of the ball, and after just 5 minutes the Nerazzurri were up. A poor clearance from Rahman saw the ball go straight to the feet of Milito who passed to Coutinho, allowing the Brazilian to beat the Indonesian keeper Maulana with an angled right-footer. After 10 minutes Inter came close to doubling their lead when Longo forced Rahman into a difficult save on the line. A minute later the hosts equalised through Wanggai when he took advantage of an imprecise clearance from Cambiasso to win the ball and beat Orlandoni just inside the post with a precise shot. On 17 minutes Inter threatened again, this time through Cambiasso when he received a ball from Jonathan that he hit with the inside of his foot, only to find a well-placed Maulana ready for it. Also of note was Jonathan's powerful right-footer that was pushed away by the Indonesian keeper for a corner. Between minutes 23 and 24 Longo twice came close to finding the score sheet; first being anticipated by Maulana, then with a shot that was only slightly off target.
On 28 minutes Ardiles was shown a yellow card after bringing down a goal-bound Coutinho. On the ensuing free kick Palombo gave Maulana a fright, forcing the keeper into a difficult dive to make the save. Maulana came up big again when he kept out Maicon's header from a corner. While trying to get up from the ground after going down, Samuel grabbed the Indonesian keeper's arm and saw yellow for it. In the 42nd minute Inter took the lead again when Coutinho, perfectly served by Milito, beat Maulana with a delightful chip. Just after the referee signalled for two minutes of injury time a shot from Milito was tipped onto the bar by Maulana and out for a corner. It was the last bit of action before the half finished at 1-2.
To start the second half, Stramaccioni sent on Castellazzi for Orlandoni, Pazzini for Longo and Poli for Palombo. The first chance then fell to the Nerazzurri when Pazzini's back-heel found Milito, with the Argentine blasting his right-footer over the crossbar by a metre. Then on 61 minutes the Nerazzurri again found the net. Cambiasso's long pass released Pazzini who controlled the ball before skilfully lobbing the ball over Maulia for Inter's third. There was another change for the Nerazzurri as Biraghi came on for Jonathan in the 70th minute. Then four minutes later the visitors added to their lead when El Principe touched the ball to Pazzini who won a rebound and, with his right, shot diagonally past a helpless Maulana.
Yet another change came for Inter when Stramaccioni sent Tremolada on for Coutinho in the 78th minute. Bonai showed that he wasn't going to go down without a fight however and surprised Inter as he beat two players on his swift run, but his subsequent shot lacked accuracy. Substitute Tremolada impressed fans with his attempt that was saved by a newly-entered Ridwan. On 90 minutes Zanetti came off for Crisetig. Three minutes into injury time Pahabol rounded off the scoring when he diverted a cross from the right into the net to end things at 2-4. There was just enough time to take the ball to the centre circle before the ref whistled to end the match. However, the Nerazzurri players made sure head to the end of the stadium to salute their many fans from the Inter Club Jakarta before going into the dressing room.
Indonesia 2-4 Inter (HT: 1-2)
Scorers: Coutinho 5, Wanggai 11, Coutinho 42, Pazzini 61, 74, Pahabol 45+2.
Indonesia: 22 Maulana (Ridwan 78); 21 Ardiles (Bachtiar 71), 14 Rahman, 17 Saputra, 4 Diego; 8 Aiboy (Yulianto 54), 11 Sakti (Syam 62), 13 Wahyu (Busari 87); 23 Maniani, 5 Wanggai (Bonai 12), 3 Sinaga (Bachdim 30).
Unused subs: 12 Syamsidar, 18 Valentino.
Coach: Nil Maizar.
Inter: 21 Orlandoni (Castellazzi 46); 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel (Dellafiore 60), 4 Zanetti (Crisetig 90); 17 Palombo (Poli 46), 19 Cambiasso (Terrani 86); 42 Jonathan (Biraghi 70), 29 Coutinho (Tremolada 78), 81 Longo (Pazzini 46); 22 Milito.
Unused subs: 91 Di Gennaro.
Coach: Andrea Stramaccioni.
Referee: Mohamed Noor Bin Nagor Amir (Malaysia).
Booked: Ardiles 28, Maicon 36, Samuel 39.