AFF: Safee gives Malaysia two goal advantage over champions Vietnam
The first leg of today’s semi-final between Malaysia and Vietnam was played today in the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup, the competition for south east Asian nations. Vietnam, defending champions from the most recent tournament in 2008, were away in their first leg match and they were to suffer as Malaysia took their chances and take a two goal lead to Vietnam in Saturday’s second leg.
The first half saw both teams have a couple of good chances in what was overall a tightly fought opening 45 minutes. The second half was a different story as the game opened up and the warning signs were already there for Vietnam before conceding their first goal as Malaysia’s Safee Sali had a goal disallowed after 55 minutes. Sadly for the champions they didn’t heed these signs as the same player would go on to score the first goal of the game just six minutes later, ghosting into the penalty box from a free-kick to guide the ball home with his head. With ten minutes left on the clock Safee would double the home side’s lead from close range. A shot from distance from Sadiq was parried by Vietnam keeper Tan Truong and turned home by Safee whose first two goals of the tournament helped to send the 80,000 capacity crowd in the Bukit Jalil stadium home happy.
The second leg of this semi-final will be played on Saturday at the National Stadium, Hanoi. The other semi-final between the Philippines and Indonesia will see both legs played in the Indonesian capital of Djakarta on the dates of December 16th and 19th. The Philippines cannot play either game at home due to inadequate stadiums not complying with tournament regulations.