Thailand took a huge step towards their fourth AFF Suzuki Cup title with a 2-0 victory over Malaysia at Bangkok's Rajamangala Stadium in the first leg of the 2014 final on Wednesday night.
Dollah Salleh's men started the game well but were undone by a tireless home team who scored both goals in the last 20 minutes. A 72nd minute penalty from Charyl Chappuis and a second from Kroekrit Thaweekarn in the 85th minute sealed a magnificent result for the War Elephants.
Both teams came out like a house...
Three time champions Thailand put themselves in a good position to win their first AFF Suzuki Cup title in a dozen years with a 2-0 victory over Malaysia in the first leg of the final in Bangkok.
Kiatisuk Senamuang's side scored twice in the last 20 minutes -- including a Charyl Chappuis goal from the penalty spot -- against a Malaysian team who had fought valiantly for the most the match.
After their 3-2 group stage win over the same opponents last month, the Thais were strong favourites in front...
Centre-back Mohd Fadhli Shas has a personal reason for wanting Malaysia to produce a positive result in Wednesday's first leg final against Thailand at Bangkok's Rajamangala Stadium.
Talking to The Star, the 23-year-old Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) defender explained that in addition to setting up this weekend's home leg in Kuala Lumpur he wants to enjoy a "payback" moment against the Thais.
Malaysia are capable overturning a two-goal deficit to win their second AFF Suzuki Cup title, according to head coach Dollah Salleh.
The 2010 champions host Thailand at the National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, having lost 2-0 in Wednesday's away leg in Bangkok.
"We still have 90 minutes to go. It's not easy to play in the second leg after losing 0-2, but, in football, anything can happen and I'm confident we can do better at the (National Stadium) in Bukit Jalil," Dollah told www.affsuzukicup.com.