Thailand vs Malaysia live streaming online today for free. Thailand itself has been showing impressive performance so far in the AFF Cup. They came out as winners of Group A after beating three opponents present, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Myanmar. Not strange if then Thailand became favorites to win the AFF 2012.
Malaysia also had defeated Thailand 0-2 in a friendly match last month, but that is only friendly match and this time the atmosphere of Bukit Jalil fans will be different and Malaysia have prove that they difficult beaten in their home after crucial win against Indonesia although first match lost against Singapore because of the team unlucky. Thailand’s target of avoiding defeat in the first leg of the Malaysian cons will already be ideal considering the second leg will be held in Thailand.The Malaysia vs Thailand game was a privilege to work on, and having the opportunity to cover such an important game with my co-commentator Jamie Reeves, gave us both immense satisfaction. All that we hope is that we did the game proud and everyone who witnessed the game enjoyed it as much as we did.
What a belter!
I have been working for the past 18 years on Asian football and the last game I felt that was anything like this was way back in 2006 when the Uwara Red Diamonds won the AFCChampions League. This game however was a fantastic spectacle that had it all and the only surprise was that it ended 1-1.
We were expecting a thriller in Manila a day earlier but that never materialised as Philippines played out a cagey affair with Singapore, but the battle at the Bukit Jalil Stadium was one that I will remember for a long time to come. The only thing missing from the actual match itself was a red card shown to a player, although we did have one shown to Winfried Schafer, the Thailand coach who will be in the stands for the next leg in Bangkok.
Where do I start? Malaysia had to make a couple of changes due to injuries, and I was very sad not to see Wan Zack Haikal playing in this one. With Shakir Shaari missing from midfield and a hamstring injury to Safee Sali, Harimau Malaya really got themselves up for this game.
It will not be easy as Thailand will come out all guns blazing but I do believe that if Malaysia can keep things solid at the back for the first 30 minutes that they will win this tie. They however have to score in order to progress as the Thais have that vital away goal but it is not impossible as we saw in the first leg. With two yellow cards to Panupong Wongsa and Theerathon Bunmathan, both defenders, they will be severely tested at the back. But we do know that in Teerasil, the War Elephants have the joint top-scorer of the competition, and Thailand can also be lethal going forward with Datsakorn pulling the strings.
These two can change the game on a whim and both will need to be razor sharp for the return leg. I do believe that Kirati will start up front as well and this will cause problems for the Malaysians as a two-pronged attack will test the defence like they haven’t seen before in this competition.
All being said, a cracker of a second leg is expected at the Suphachalasai, but my gut feeling is that the Thais will bow out in this one. It is all coming together at the right time for Rajagobal and his troops and while I think the game will end in a 1-1 draw, I am backing Harimau Malaya to go through on penalties.
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