Thai snatched a vital away goal
It was game to remember by Malaysian and the players. Harimau Malaya took on Changsuk at Stadium Bukit Jalil last night (9 December 2012 @ 8pm) in the first leg of AFF Suzuki 2012 semi final. Though Harimau Malaya had showed their improvement in this tournament but against the Thai it was a different ball game. The Thai is red hot favourite for this year campaign. They were solid at the back and ruthless in front.
But Harimau Malaya obviously had prepared for this massive game. Backed by almost 80,000 people in the stadium, our national team was upbeat. Both team quickly on the attack. Although the visitor first to create chances it was Malaysia seemed to dominate the game in the first half. Without Safee Sali, Mat Yo was the lone the striker but he was never a letdown throughout the game. His skill and physical strength times and times created trouble to the Thais. Safiq the skipper was pushed a little forward to support Mat Yo.
Malaysia created more chances while The Thais could hardly find their rhythm. Solid defense by Aidil and Co left the Thais with frustration.
In what was arguably the tournament's best game so far, Mat Yo opened the scoring in the 48th minute when he glanced a header into the bottom corner, after great work down the right by Mahalli Jasuli. However, the Changsuk hit back 11 minutes from time when Piyaphon Buntao's excellent cross was powered home by Teerasil Dangda.
It was sad that Harimau Malaya could not hold on until the final whistle. Thais are surely happy with the vital away goal that made Malaysia task in Bangkok really difficult. All not lost yet as there are still 90 minutes left. Go and Get Them Tiger.