Tuesday, December 7, 2010

AFF Suzuki Cup 2010 Finals Matchday 5

Group A

Malaysia 5 Laos 1 (Palembang, Indonesia) 
Indonesia 2 Thailand 1 (Jakarta, Indonesia)

Thailand crashed out of the AFF Suzuki Cup group stage after losing 2-1 to co-hosts Indonesia in their final group game at Bung Karno Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Suree Sukha gave the visitors the lead in the match they must win to seal their progression into the last four, but two late penalties from substitute Bambang Pangmukas ensured the Indonesians maintain their perfect record in the competition.

Pipping the Thais to second spot in the group was Malaysia, who prevailed by crushing Laos 5-1 in the simultaneous game held at Jakabaring Stadium in Palembang.

Amri Yahaya netted a brace in the first half, with Laos forward Lamnao Singto replying in between. Further goals in the second half from Amirulhadi Zainal, Nohshahrul Idlan Talaha and Mahali Jasuli sealed the semi-finals place for K. Rajagobal's men.

Indonesia will now visit Group B runners-up in the first leg of the semi-finals on 16 December, with the return leg held in Jakarta three days later.

Meanwhile, Malaysia will host Group A winners on 15 December, before travelling away on 18 December.

Final Group A standings

   Team         P W D L F A  Pts
1 Indonesia  3  3  0  0 13 2  9
2 Malaysia   3  1  1  1  6 6    4
3 Thailand    3  0  2  1  3 4    2
4 Laos          3  0  1  2  3 13 1

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