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Malaysia in AFF Suzuki Cup final after defeating Thailand on away goals


  • Football
  • Wednesday, 5 Dec 2018

 Malaysia's Zaquan Adha tussles with Thailand's Philip Roller during the second leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 semi-finals at the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok on Dec 5, 2018. – AFP

Malaysia's Zaquan Adha tussles with Thailand's Philip Roller during the second leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 semi-finals at the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok on Dec 5, 2018. – AFP

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia is in the final of the AFF Suzuki Cup!

Harimau Malaya, led by coach Tan Cheng Hoe, fought back to hold Thailand to a 2-2 draw in a pulsating affair at the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok on Wednesday (Dec 5).

Malaysia were held 0-0 at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Dec 1.

Malaysia's goals were scored by Syahmi Safari and Norshahrul Idlan Talaha while Thailand's goals were scored by an Irfan Zakaria own goal and Pansa Hemviboon.

Thailand were the first to draw blood when Malaysian goalkeeper Farizal Marlias' save from a Thitipan Puangchan header was accidentally bundled into the Malaysian goal by substitute Irfan Zakaria in the 20th minute.

Seven minutes later, Malaysia equalised through a Syahmi thunderbolt. The Selangor right-back, who received the ball from Syamer Kutty Abba from the middle, drove forward and took a thunderous shot which went past the hapless Chathchai Budprom in the 27th minute.

In the second half, Thailand upped the tempo and got their reward when Hemviboon headed past goalkeeper Farizal in the 63rd minute.

But seven minutes later, Malaysia equalised again through a brilliant finish from Norshahrul.

Thailand could have won the match after Syahmi gave away a penalty in the third minute of injury time, but Adisak Kraisorn skied his penalty.

That miss was a great relief for Malaysia and as they held on to the result to qualify for the final.

Malaysia will face either Vietnam or the Philippines in a two-legged final on Dec 11 and 15.

Malaysia last qualified for the final in 2014 but lost to Thailand via a 4-3 aggregate in a two-legged final.

   

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