Group A in Jakarta, Indonesia
Thailand 2 Laos 2
Indonesia 5 Malaysia 1
Eye-popping results were the order of the day in the opening action of the eighth edition of the biennial regional tournament.
The first game of the finals saw underdogs Laos taking the lead twice before Thai forward Sarayut Chaikamdee, or more popularly known as 'Joe Five Yards', snatched a point from an embarassing defeat with a last-gasp equaliser.
Later, the co-hosts, coached by Austrian Alfred Riedl, signalled their intentions with a 5-1 thumping over their injury-hit opponents.
A determined Indonesia, a fatigued Thailand, a ravaged Malaysia and party poppers Laos. Group A promises to be more intriguing in the days ahead.