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Indonesia football fan invades pitch and tries to score

Indonesian fan Henri Mulyadi dribbles down the wing
Some Indonesian fans say Hendri Mulyadi could make a useful striker

An Indonesia football fan became so fed up with his national team's lacklustre performance that he invaded the pitch and tried to score a goal.

Hendri Mulyadi, 25, took matters into his own hands as his team were heading for a 1-2 defeat against Oman.

He sprinted onto the pitch, got control of the ball and ran down the wing, but his attempt to score ended in failure after Oman's keeper blocked the shot.

Police eventually overpowered him and he later apologised on a website.

"I was very disappointed with the Indonesian national team. They never win. It's either lose or draw," said Mr Mulyadi.

Defeat in the match in front of a 40,000-strong Jakarta crowd means Indonesia failed to reach the finals of the Asian Cup for the first time since 1992.

Several online postings next to footage of the incident on YouTube praised Mr Mulyadi's antics.

One said: "He could be a future striker for Indonesia."

Indonesia used to be one of Asia's leading lights in soccer, but its fortunes have been on the slide recently, according to the BBC correspondent in Jakarta, Karishma Vaswani.

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