PETALING JAYA: Harimau Malaya trailed 0-1 to Gajah Penang in the first half of the second semi-final of the AFF Cup at Thammasat Stadium, Thailand, just now.
The squad coached by Alexandre Polking opened the scoring through veteran striker, Teerasil Dangda, who headed the ball neatly from a cross by Thai captain, Theerathon Bunmathan in the 19th minute.
The home team from the start of the game, launched an attack on the Harimau Malaya stronghold in search of an early goal, after they conceded in the first leg at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium.
The goal saw the aggregate position now become 1-1 with the opportunity now open again for both teams to book into the final match against Vietnam.
Before the experienced Thai striker scored, the home team also had the best chance through Bunmathan’s free kick, however, his shot was caught neatly by Malaysian goalkeeper Ahmad Syihan Hazmi in the 13th minute.
In the second semi-final, Harimau Malaya led by the head coach from South Korea, Kim Pan Gon made four changes with midfielder Muhammad Mukhairi Ajmal returning to the starting line-up, while Mohd Nor Hakim Hassan and left back Fazly Mazlan who were relegated against Laos is also listed.
Right back, Azam Azmi, who finished his red card suspension, took back his position from Quentin Cheng.
The match was refereed by a referee from Jordan, Adham Mohammad Tumah Makhadmeh who has experience officiating international friendly matches between Saudi Arabia and Croatia. – ONLINE MESSENGER
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