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AFF Championship

  • November 28, 2012
  • • 20:45
  • • Stadium Nasional Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur
  • Referee: Fan Qi

Live Commentary

  • Final whistle! Defending champions Malaysia are off and running now. A more clinical second-half did the trick in the end for Datuk K.Rajagopal's men. Indonesia are next for our Malayan Tigers. For Laos, a win in the final group game against Singapore could still see them getting through.
  • 90'
    Game enters stoppage time as Kunanlan tries his luck from 30 yards out. Bounthisanh again stands in the way with an acrobatic save.
  • 88'
    One more goal from the hosts will see them replicating the 5-1 score from the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup against the same opponents.
  • 85'
    Malaysia are looking confident now after the three quick goals. Touches and passes are appearing more assured now. Hesitation has gone away for sure.
  • 83'
    Our Laotian expert Khamsaveng Inthavong says - 'One negligence resulting in loss, YES in this period actually Laos have a good display and were able to create some dangerous scene through Vilayout Sayyabounsou. However, a carelessness but in the defense area cost them by two goals from the hosts.'
  • 82'
    SubstitutionNorshahrul Idlan Talaha Baddrol Bakhtiar
  • 80'
    Goal Khyril Zambri
  • 80'
    GOAL!! Malaysia are beginning to do what they didn't in the first half. Khyril scores barely two minutes after coming on with a poacher's finish. Captain Safiq has to be lauded for picking out Khyril's run behind the defence.
  • 78'
    SubstitutionSafee Sali Khyril Zambri
  • 78'
    Khyril Muhymeen has come in for Safee and earns Malaysia a corner with his first touch.
  • 76'
    Assist Subramaniam Kunanlan
  • 76'
    SubstitutionPhatthana Syvilay Saynakhonevieng Phommapanya
  • 76'
    Goal Wan Zack Haikal bin Wan Noor
  • 76'
    GOAL!! Wan Zack heads in to put daylight between the two teams.
  • 73'
    Fadhli Shas forces Bounthisanh into a save via a low header from a right wing cross.
  • 70'
    SubstitutionVisay Phapouvanin Daoneua Siviengxay
  • 67'
    Assist Wan Zack Haikal bin Wan Noor
  • 67'
    Goal Safee Sali
  • 67'
    GOAL!! Safee finally opens his account in this edition with a clever dink over the keeper after Wan Zack's low cross put him clear. As the saying goes - form is temporary, class is permanent.
  • 65'
    Malaysia must start taking their chances sooner rather than later as maximum points is crucial now especially after the Indonesia-Singapore result.
  • 62'
    Safee misses again! Mahalli whipped in a deliciious cross from the right but the no.10 failed to direct his header into the goal although unchallenged. It's been a disappointing night for him so far.
  • 59'
    Another chance goes begging for the home side. Wan Zack bursts into the box from the right wing before dragging his effort wide.
  • 57'
    A clearance by Laos defence falls to Safiq on the edge of the box but the pint-sized midfielder blasts the ball high over the bar with his left peg.
  • 55'
    Laos look to be at their most dangerous every time Vongchiengkham makes a forward run. Malaysian players have to keep an eye on him.
  • 54'
    SubstitutionKhonesavanh Sihavong Vilayout Sayyabounsou
  • 53'
    Sihavong is unable to resume playing. Sayyabounsou takes his place on the pitch.
  • 51'
    Play stops temporarily . Laos' goalscorer Sihavong has picked up a knock.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionAzmi Muslim Zubir Azmi
  • 46'
    The unproductive Azmi has been replaced by Zubir Azmi. It'll be exciting to see Zubir's overlapping runs for the next 45 minutes.
  • 46'
    A bright start for the home side. Safiq sets Safee up for a long range attempt with a clever back heel for the first chance of this half. Safee shoots straight at Bounthisanh, who gathers the ball comfortably.
  • 46'
    The teams have come out for the second-half and Malaysia gets the game started.
  • Half-time analysis by Falah Abdullah - 'Malayan Tigers were dominant throughout, except the defence. We have to be more composed when defending! The real Aidil needs to turn up tonight. He is not being the real leader at the back that Malaysia needs. Farizal? He needs to take better command of his defence.'
  • The first half ends. Malaysia are playing a lot better than in the previous game against Singapore but another unforced error allowed the Laotians to head for the dressing room on level terms.
  • 43'
    Norshahrul beats a man with a tricky turn on the left and before his pass got cleared away for a corner. The corner came to nothing unfortunately.
  • 39'
    Assist Khampheng Sayavutthi
  • 39'
    Goal Khonesavanh Sihavong
  • 39'
    GOAL!! Laos draw level. Sihavong scores via a deflected shot after Safiq gave the ball away in front of the Malaysian defence rather carelessly.
  • 36'
    Kunanlan and Safee combine to put Norshahrul through but the Kelantan forward's touch takes the ball away from him to the crowd's disappointment.
  • 32'
    Safee attempts a long range shot which flashes past Bounthisanh's left post. Laos are yet to test Farizal with any shots as we speak.
  • 30'
    Falah Abdullah - 'Malaysia is enjoying the freedom given by Laos players. Norshahrul and Safee Sali are having a field day with the shots tonight. They have to be more clinical though. Mahali and Azmi are doing great overlapping but they must improve their end product!'
  • 30'
    30 minutes have gone and Malaysia are doing most of the attacking now. The Laotian defence looks to be struggling with the pace of our wingers.
  • 28'
    Another chance for Malaysia. This time Norshahrul's effort goes wide after a nice run from the midfield.
  • 26'
    Norshahrul's run freed up space for Safee who fires wide again. Our main man in attack is getting into shooting positions and hopefully it won't be too long before he strikes.
  • 24'
    Malaysia look much better today and are using both flanks to trouble the Laotian defence. Mahalli and Kunanlan are the main providers of crosses so far.
  • 22'
    Ultras Malaya are in full voice throwing their support behind our boys and the players are looking inspired at this very moment.
  • 21'
    Corner for Malaysia. Safee's shot from Kunanlan's pass was deflected away for the first corner of the match.
  • 16'
    Goal Safiq Rahim
  • 16'
    GOAL!!! Our captain curls the ball over the ball and into the net with superb precision. The leader has set the tone for the others to follow.
  • 15'
    Our expert Falah Abdullah says - 'Safiq is not being man-marked by Laos midfielders which afford him much needed space to craft chances resume his role as a playmaker which he failed against Singapore. This will be the telling factor of the match as given space, Safiq will hurt Laos. Safee's finishing will be vital to Malaysia.'
  • 13'
    Free-kick for Malaysia just outside the Laotian box. Norshahrul fouled. Chance for Safiq to show his dead-ball skills.
  • 11'
    Kunanlan does well on the left to create another chance for Safee but his weak shot was pushed away by Bounthisanh.
  • 10'
    First chance of the match for Malaysia. Safee intercepts a clumsy back pass from Syvilay but pulls his shot wide.
  • 6'
    Laos given a free-kick for a foul by Azmi on the right wing. Farizal does well to gather the cross from the the resulting kick.
  • 3'
    Norshahrul is looking lively early on for Malaysia but Laos look more steady of the two at the moment.
  • 1'
    Malaysia must win today to give themselves a chance to progress from the group.
  • 1'
    Here we go! Referee blows the whistle to get the match underway.
  • Both teams walking out of the tunnel now. About 10,000 Malaysian fans still appear to have faith in the team as they are here to roar on our Tigers.
  • Laos line-up - Bounthisanh, Souksavanh, Vongchiengkham, Lithideth, Phaphouvanin, Sysomvang, Sihavong, Syvilay, Sayyaboun, Namthavixay & Sayavuthi
  • Line-up for Malaysia - Farizal, Mahalli, Aidil, Safiq, Norshahrul, Safee, Azmi, Kunanlan, Shakir, Wan Zack & Fadhli
  • Players from both teams are out warming up now. With Singapore's lost to Indonesia earlier in the day, all four teams will go into final match with a chance to qualify if Malaysia wins today. Let's hope they do.
  • Hi all, @PremLeoKumar reporting from the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil. Follow me as I'll be bringing all the action from the match between Malaysia and Laos live and exclusive from the venue.