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Thursday December 19, 2013 MYT 8:50:00 PM
Thursday December 19, 2013 MYT 11:24:38 PM
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A. Thamil Arasu (left) in a file photo. He was a hero after scoring the late equaliser for Malaysia, only to go on and miss his penalty in the semi-final match against Indonesia on Dec 19, 2013.
Kim Swee accepted responsibility for the defeat, saying that both teams played well but Indonesia were luckier in the shootout.
The former international added that losing seven players before the SEA Games and winger Ashri Chuchu’s failure to shrug off his injury before the match disrupted his game plan.
“The changing room looked like a funeral home as the players are heartbroken,” said Kim Swee in the post-match press conference.
“Nobody should be blamed for the defeat, especially not the players ... they did well until the penalty shootout.
“Both teams share an intense rivalry and played very well. We were without seven key players in the team and Indonesia are a good side. They beat Myanmar to advance to the semi-final and they looked confident today.”
Indonesia Under-23 coach Rahmad Darmawan echoed Kim Swee’s thoughts on the game and admitted that his side were luckier in the shoot-out this time.
“Malaysia did well in the match by getting the equaliser but in the end we were luckier in the shootout,” he said. “Our boys played very well as a team. They never stopped running and worked really hard in this match. We will now have to focus on our recovery and be ready for the final on Saturday.”
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