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The Goal team takes a look at the paths of the remaining four sides and analyse their chances of clinching the coveted Gold medal

SINGAPORE
SEA Games Record Silver: 1983, 1985, 1989
Bronze: 1975*, 1991, 1993, 1995, 2007, 2009
*Shared with Burma
Path to Semi-Final
The Young Lions started their SEA Games campaign in disappointing fashion after being able to muster only a 1-1 draw against 10-man Laos in the opening match of the group stages. They spurned a host of chances and were eventually punished by a late set-piece equaliser after a lapse of concentration in defense.

However, Aide Iskandar’s boys have bounced back admirably since then, putting in a magnificent defensive shift in a 1-0 victory over Vietnam 1-0, which was followed by a routine 2-0 victory over whipping boys Brunei.

Singapore were a whisker away from beating causeway rivals Malaysia too, but a last minute free-kick by Rozaimi Rahman earned the Harimau Muda a share of the spoils and forced the Young Lions to settle for second spot in Group A.
Strength
Singapore has shown to be defensively sound so far at the tournament. They've kept Vietnam at bay and have yet to concede from open play.

Their new style of quick passing and high pressure has been working well for the team so far. The Young Lions have developed from a "long-ball" team, taking quick teams like Vietnam by surprise.
Weakness
The biggest problem with Singapore is their profligacy in front of goal. Since the warm-up matches leading to the SEA games, their failure to convert their chances was highlighted as a key problem, and it has been said that that will be the biggest factor preventing the Young Lions from progressing.

Chance for Final
If they are to reach their goal of getting into the final, now is the time for Aide’s charges to peak and play their best, because Thailand would hold the biggest test for Singapore.

The blossoming defensive partnership between Afiq Yunos and Safuwan Baharudin will be key to stop the Thais from scoring, while striking duo Shahfiq Ghani and Sahil will need to make the most of the chances that come their way.

@ahmadkhan12

MALAYSIA
SEA Games Record

Gold: 1961*, 1977, 1979, 1989, 2009, 2011
Silver: 1971, 1975, 1981, 1987, 2001

Bronze: 1959*, 1969**, 1973, 1983, 1985, 2003, 2005
*Participated as Malaya
**Shared with Laos
Path to Semi-Final
As defending champions of the SEA Games Gold, it is easy to forget that this current squad is deprived of the services of influential players like Wan Zack Haikal, Junior Eldstal, Nik Shahrul and Garry Robbat. Nevertheless, Malaysia did what they had to do and picked up wins over Brunei, Laos, and Vietnam.
Strength
The strength of the team is undoubtedly the talented midfield engine which comprises of skipper Irfan Fazail and former Beira Mar prodigy Nazmi Faiz Mansor. Besides that, goalkeeper Izham Tarmizi has proven that he has a safe pair of hands and can be depended upon in crucial moments.
Weakness
With the exception of reliable centreback  Fadhli Shas, Malaysia's defensive line is quite fragile to attacks. Another key weakness is the over dependance on Nazmi Faiz's flair to overturn a match.
Chance for Final
On paper, the Young Tigers still boast one of the strongest squads of the tournament. The key to victory for me is Ong Kim Swee's tactical nous and his exceptional motivational skills. He has been coaching the majority of these players since their formative teenage years and will be able to rally them for the win.

@alfalahabdullah

THAILAND
SEA Games Record
Gold: 1965*, 1975, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007
Silver: 1959, 1969, 1977, 1991
Bronze: 1961**, 1967, 1971**, 1979, 1987
*Shared with Burma
**Shared with South Vietnam
Path to Semi-Final
After 2 convincing victories, Thailand chose to gear down and eventually made their way to the semis on the back of uninspired draws. But all four opponents in Group B were hardly a threat for them.
Strength
This squad's spoilt for choice in the attacking department. Thai coach Kiattisak can change his approach to undermine any style of defensive line.
Weakness
Thailand U-23 is lacking in choice in their defense line. Most of the available fullbacks are primarily attack-minded and this could to be a problem.
Chance for Final
Going by his previous record, Kiattisak is not good at changing the game when his team's strategy fails to work as expected. If his plans work out right from the start in the semi-final and final, then the War Elephant could rise back again to reclaim their Gold medal.



INDONESIA
SEA Games Record
Gold: 1987, 1991
Silver: 1979, 2011
Bronze: 1981, 1989

Path to Semi-Final
Indonesia were lucky to reach the semi-final, after some frustrating results in the first three matches.  First, an unconvincing victory over Cambodia, then they were beaten by Thailand with four goals conceded, and lastly held to a draw by Timor Leste, making the Indonesian public lose their confidence on them. Fortunately, Indonesia were able to take advantage of the head-to-head system for standings, and managed to beat Myanmar by a single goal via Alfin Tuasalamony from the penalty spot to sneak into the last four.
Strength
Indonesian players mostly have pace and excellent driblling skills. Andik Vermansyah, Ramdani Lestaluhu, Alfin Tuasalamony and new name Bayu Gatra, are always a threat to the opponents.
Weakness
Indonesia lack creativity, it's always hard to open up space when they enter the final-third. Finishing is also poor, Indonesia found the net just once from through a striker with Yandi Sofyan against Cambodia.
Chance for Final
Given recent form and results, Indonesia's chance for a Gold medal is slim. But if coach Rahmad Darmawan can find the right formula to resolve the goalscoring problems, they may just stand a chance.

@abiflip

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