Indonesia have looked the real deal in perfect Southeast Asian Games run but now they can prove it for certain

Indonesia defeated Cambodia 2-1 on Wednesday to complete their men's football campaign at the 32nd Southeast Asian Games with a perfect record of four wins, scoring 13 goals and conceding just once in the process. PSSI

As they finished their group stage campaign in the men's football tournament at the 32nd Southeast Asian Games with a perfect record of four wins, having already secured their semifinal spot with a game to spare, Indonesia have looked the real deal.

Now they get to prove it for certain.

And they will have to if they are to keep alive their hopes of a first gold medal since 1991 -- when the competition was still a senior tournament.

As they defeated Cambodia 2-1 on Wednesday in a dramatic, incident-filled encounter, it was evident that Indonesia coach Indra Sjafri already had one eye on the semis as he made eight chances to the starting XI that had sealed qualification from Group A last time out with a 5-0 rout of Myanmar.

Even with star players Marselino Ferdinan, Ramadhan Sananta and Alfeandra Dewangga watching on from the sidelines, the Indonesians showed impressive depth as a number of fringe players stepped up to help dominate proceedings on Wednesday -- at least early on.

Within ten minutes, Titan Agung -- one of those given a chance to impress as Indra deployed a front two for the first time in the tournament -- showed a real poacher's instinct to pounce on a loose ball and fire home from eight yards.

And he was not the only one shining as Indonesians were giving a good account of themselves all over the park.

But Cambodia, buoyed by the vociferous home crowd and aware that they needed a win to stand any chance of joining Indonesia in the semis, eventually forced their way into the contest.

Right before the break, Sin Sovannmakara's perfectly-placed looping header that crept in at the far post ensured there would be plenty to play for after halftime.

Nonetheless, any new fire Cambodia had reignited with their equaliser was soon diminished seven minutes into the second half as Indonesia reclaimed the lead when Beckham Putra's speculative effort from the edge of the area took a wicked deflection past a hapless Reth Lyheng.

Refusing to give in, Cambodia would go on to create enough chances to pull level and perhaps even snatch a win -- although that would ultimately have not been enough given Myanmar's 1-0 win over Philippines in the other Group A encounter secured their top-two finish and place in the semis.

Substitute Leng Nora blazed wildly over when it looked easier to hit the target, before Lim Pisoth sent a penalty tamely down the middle and allowed Adi Satryo to make the save -- although the Indonesia goalkeeper picked up an injury in his attempt to prevent the opposition from scoring on the follow-up and will be an injury concern going forward.

In the end, Indonesia were able to cling on to victory and their record of four wins from four -- with 13 goals scored and just one conceded -- makes for excellent reading.

They certainly have looked the real deal.

Yet, they will also be conscious of the fact that the draw had been kind to them, as they avoided the Group of Death which consisted of Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia -- who have combined to win the past 15 gold medals dating all the way back to 1993.

Depending on the result of Thursday's Group B clash that will decide top spot, Thailand or Vietnam will be up next for Indonesia in the last four.

Either will pose a test that will be tougher than any Indonesia have encountered so far.

And if the Indonesians are to march on to the gold medal match, they will certainly get to prove they are indeed the real deal come the semifinals.