Matchday 3 bought together two of the heavyweights of the region in Malaysia and Thailand. The two expected whipping boy namely Singapore and Laos had their clash in the battle for 4th place.
Malaysia 0 Thailand 2
This was an encounter like any world cup group match between two heavyweights. Played at a good pace but with both teams not wanting to lose. Both would’ve have taken a draw at the start but it’s the Thais who draw first blood in this group meaning Malaysia will have to beat Vietnam in their next game.
The first half was a chess match, with Malaysia having the better of the chances but Thailand more of the ball. Into the second half and the Thais were still dominating possession but it was the Malays missing the better chances. On 77th minute the breakthrough and punishment for missing those chances. Quick combination play down the left saw the ball cut back and smashed home. A late second sealed the points and all but guaranteed the Thai team will be in the latter stages.
Singapore 0 Laos 0
It was an encounter probably best left unwatched and never spoken about again. The level of quality between the two teams compared to the other game in the group is massive.
Laos started the brighter of the two teams forcing Singapore into errors around their box but couldn’t make them pay. As the half continued it was clearly a game being played by two teams who know they’re going home early next week. Neither keeper had anything of note to save.
The second half, for long periods, was played at such a pace and lack of excitement you could’ve heard a pin drop in the stadium. On 68 minutes Singapore won 3 corners in quick succession all failing to beat the first man.
It was a game to forget and one that given both teams have been served up as whipping boys this was the one game they could’ve both played with freedom. Instead it was a bore draw.
What’s Next in the group?
Thailand play Laos knowing a win will secure their place in the semi finals and for Laos they know they’ll be on a flight straight after the game.
For Malaysia it’s a make or break game with destiny as they take on Vietnam with nothing but a win enough unless Vietnam can beat Thailand in the last game and they beat Laos by more than what Thailand beat them.
This article is adapted from BPVE, (https://bpve.com/) reported and edited from the great team – Cambodia Sports Review. (https://www.cambodiasportsreview.com/)
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