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December 22, 2012 12:00 PM GMT
Supachalasai National Stadium - Thailand
 
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Thailand 1-0 Singapore: Lions seal fourth AFF Cup

Radojko Avramovic's team found themselves on the end of a defeat, but still managed to lift the trophy after picking up a healthy advantage in the first leg of the final

By Teng Kiat

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Singapore sealed a record-breaking fourth ASEAN football crown, despite losing 1-0 to Thailand in the second leg of the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup final in Bangkok.

The Thais went ahead through Kirati Keowsombut’s header, but a heroic rearguard display from the Lions saw them hold on to a 3-2 victory on aggregate, and ultimately lift the trophy on the back of their 3-1 success in the first game.

Supported by the vociferous crowd at the Supachalasai Stadium, Winfried Schafer's men started with two strikers upfront as they sought to overturn the 3-1 first-leg deficit.

The home side should have taken the lead in the 14th minute, but the unmarked Jakkapan Pornsai somehow contrived to head against the bar after goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud fumbled a corner.

Playmaker Datsakorn Thonglao then curled a 20-yard free-kick narrowly over the bar and Jakkapan saw a couple of long-range efforts deflected wide, as the War Elephants laid siege on the Singapore goal.

Full-backs Piyaphon Buntao and Theerathon Bunmathan overlapped down their flanks almost at will as the visitors struggled to keep possession, although the Thais found Baihakki Khaizan and Safuwan Baharudin in commanding form at the back.

Thailand finally broke the deadlock right before half-time when striker Kirati rose highest to head home a corner and give his side a deserved lead.

Singapore had a good opportunity to equalize in the 56th minute when Jakkapan gave the ball away near his area, but some last-ditch defending prevented Aleksandar Duric from converting Shahril Ishak’s cross.

Kirati then skied his effort with only Izwan to beat, as the game started to become a more even affair, although the War Elephants were still having the better of the chances.

The goalkeeper was forced into a fingertip save at his near post in the 85th minute from Chonlathit Jantakam’s shot, as the Thais piled on the pressure knowing that a 2-0 was all they needed.

Deep in injury time, centre-back Safuwan Baharudin threw himself at Apipoo Sunthornpanavej’s shot to deflect it wide as Singapore hung on to become champions of Southeast Asia again.


Thailand

26
2.50
2
3.50
25
3.00
4
Panupong Wongsa
Defender
3.00
23
Piyaphol Buntao
Defender
3.00
7
Datsakorn Thonglao
Midfielder
69′
2.50
19
Adul Lahsoh
Midfielder
82′
3.00
22
2.50
7
Jakkapan Pornsai
Midfielder
74′
3.00
10
2.50
9
3.50

Singapore

4.00
1
Izwan Mahbud
Goalkeeper
3.00
7
3.50
21
3.50
5
3.00
16
3.00
19
Khairul Amri
Midfielder
87′
3.50
4
Isa Halim
Midfielder
87′
3.00
9
3.50
4
2.00
8
3.00
17
S. Ishak
Striker

Substitutes

25
 - 
5
 - 
-
 - 
11
 - 
18
2.50
10
 - 
10
Pipob Onmo
Striker
69′
2.50
24
 - 
18
3.00

Substitutes

 - 
1
 - 
19
Joey Sim
Goalkeeper
 - 
19
Irwan Shah
Defender
 - 
15
Fazli Ayob
Midfielder
 - 
23
2.00
17
Fazrul Nawaz
Midfielder
77′
 - 
7
Shi Jiayi
Midfielder
 - 
21
 - 
16
Qiu Li
Striker
87′

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Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Teerasil Dangda Teerasil Dangda
Striker
Muang Thong
8 0
S. Ishak S. Ishak
Midfielder
Johor FA
4 0
Khampheng Sayavutthi Khampheng Sayavutthi
Striker
3 2
Khairul Amri Khairul Amri
Striker
LionsXII
3 0
Kirati Keawsombut Kirati Keawsombut
Striker
PTT Rayong
3 0