Thursday, December 13, 2012

AFF Cup Semi Final Results

Thailand 2-0 Malaysia (Agg 3-1)

Two second half goals via Teerasil and Theerathorn helped Thailand advance to the AFF Final as they beat 10 man Malaysia 2-0 on the night and 3-1 over two legs.
Arguably, the turning point of the match came when Malaysia's Fadhli was harshly given a second yellow card after himself and Datsakorn exchanged glances at each other shortly before half time!!
Teerasil had missed a great chance in the first half after Datsakorn had set him free, but the Muangthong striker made amends on the hour when sloppy defending following a Panupong header allowed him a clear run on goal to open the scoring.
Five minutes later the tie was put to bed after a Jakkaphan free kick was weakly parried by the Malaysian keeper for Theeratorn to rifle in the rebound with his left foot.
Teerasil should have added a third and Sompong hit the crossbar before Kawin was finally called into action with a couple of sprightly saves in the last 10 minutes.
Overall, I thought Thailand deserved to progress to the final, although if I were a Malaysian fan I'd be directing my angst towards the match officials as they didn't do them any favors in the second leg.

Singapore 1-0 Philippines (Agg 1-0)

A 19th minute goal from Khairul Amri was the only goal of the contest as Singapore edged out the Azkals 1-0 on aggregate.The Lions took the game to Philippines and were rewarded on 19 minutes when a quickly taken free kick caught the Pinoy defence napping, leaving Khairul Amri a free strike from 25 yards out to open the scoring.
Singapore couldn't find that all important second goal to kill the contest but in reality the Azkal street fighting spirit never emerged as they departed the tournament with barely a whimper.

The first leg of the final will take place in Singapore next Wednesday with the return being played in Bangkok on Saturday 22nd December.

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