KUALA LUMPUR: The goal scored by Harimau Malaya winger Faisal Abdul Halim put the national team ahead of Thailand 1-0 in the first half of the AFF Cup semi-final at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium near here, just now.
Faisal, who celebrated his 24th birthday today, received a good pass from the left back, V. Ruventhiran before he completed the goal for Malaysia as early as the 11th minute.
Thailand, shocked by the goal, launched a series of attacks towards the home goal, however, the goalkeeper, Ahmad Syihan Hazmi acted brilliantly to save the dangerous attempt.
One of the best opportunities for the Gajah Perang squad came in the 23rd minute when midfielder Bordin Phala completed a shot at the Malaysian goal, however, his attempt went wide.
However, Harimau Malaya responded when the game was in the 27th minute, when Faisal’s pass to right back Quentin Cheng was kicked high past the visiting team’s goal.
Thailand led by Alexandre Polking once again had the best chance in the 43rd minute, however, midfielder Ekanit Panya’s flicked shot was caught neatly by Ahmad Syihan.
Compared to the action with Singapore, Harimau Malaya manager Kim Pan Gon made only one change when Muhammad Mukhairi Ajmal was on the bench and naturalized player Lee Tuck was brought into the starting line-up against Thailand. – ONLINE MESSENGER
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