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Kuala Lumpur: An own goal by Malaysian goalkeeper Haziq Nadzli was enough to give Thailand the Kuala Lumpur 2017 SEA Games men's football gold medal as Worrawoot Srimaka's scored a 1-0 win in the final at the Shah Alam Stadium on Tuesday.

It was Thailand's 16th SEA Games gold medal in men's football and sadly for Malaysia, the defeat was similar to their loss in the 2001 final - played at the same venue - as goalkeeper Kamarulzaman Hassan had then also deflected the winning goal into his own net. 

The match kicked off under a heavy drizzle but both sets of fans made sure they were heard with loud renditions of their respective national anthems.

Backed by 70,000 fans, Malaysia earned a corner with just seconds on the clock but there was not to be a dream start as the corner failed to produce a clear chance.

At the other end, Thailand felt they should have had a penalty in the fifth minute when Adiz Zainuddin looked to have brought down S. Phitiwat but the referee thought otherwise.

Malaysia had a half chance in the 12th minute when Jafri Firdaus Chew flicked on a corner taken by Nor Azam Azih but N. Thanabalan, the match-winner against Indonesia in the semi-final, failed to get a touch to steer the ball into the net.

The heavy pitch made it difficult for free-flowing football but Thailand had a great chance in the 27th minute when Phicha Au-Tra's header off a corner looked bound for the net only for Malaysian goalkeeper Haziq to produce an outstanding save as he threw himself backwards to tip the ball over the crossbar.

Haziq again saved Malaysia in the 39th minute with some unorthodox goalkeeping when he deflected the goal-bound ball with his legs.

That led to a corner and for Haziq, a moment he will long remember. The Malaysian looked in control as he jumped high to collect the ball floated in by H. Sasalak but the goalkeeper then opted to punch and to his, and Malaysia's horror, it settled in the back of the net.

As both teams headed into the break, Malaysia had to come up with a gameplan to break the Thailand defence, a defence that had only conceded one goal in their six previous matches and that too through a penalty.

Try as they did in the second half, Malaysia failed to create clear chances and had it not been for Nor Azam's last ditch defending in the 53rd and 61st minutes denying K. Worachit, Thailand's victory margin could have been even wider. 

In the end, they didn't need a second goal and their ASEAN reign continues.


Earlier on Tuesday, Indonesia showed their pedigree as they came from behind to beat Myanmar 3-1 in the bronze medal match at the Selayang Stadium.

The 2011 and 2013 SEA Games silver medallists were out of sorts in the first half, losing possession in midfield, which led to Myanmar’s goal.

Maung Maung Lwin’s clever run in the penalty box opened up the Indonesia defence as an unmarked Than Paing hit the opener in the 21st minute.

Indonesia gathered themselves after halftime,  equalising through Eva Dimas whose low drive took a deflection and caught Myanmar goalkeeper Sann Satt Naing by surprise in the 55th minute.

Septian David put Indonesia ahead three minutes later, scoring after a clever turn from outside the penalty area as he beat Satt Naing with a powerful shot to the bottom left corner.

Indonesia’s fans rejoiced as Rezaldi Hehanusa added the third in the 76th minute as he curled in a shot to the top left corner.


Results

August 29 - Final: Thailand 1-0 Malaysia; Bronze Play-off: Indonesia 3-1 Myanmar 

August 26 - Semi-finals: Thailand 1-0 Myanmar, Malaysia 1-0 Indonesia 

Preliminary Round

Group A

August 14: Myanmar 2-0 Singapore, Malaysia 2-1 Brunei

August 16: Singapore 1-2 Malaysia, Myanmar 3-1 Laos

August 18: Laos 0-2 Singapore, Brunei 0-6 Myanmar

August 21: Brunei 0-3 Laos, Malaysia 3-1 Myanmar

August 23: Laos 1-2 Malaysia, Singapore 1-0 Brunei

Final Standings

Teams

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Malaysia

4

4

0

0

10

4

12

Myanmar

4

3

0

1

12

9

9

Singapore

4

2

0

2

4

4

6

Laos

4

1

0

3

5

7

3

Brunei

4

0

0

4

1

12

0

 

Group B

August 15: Indonesia 1-1 Thailand, Vietnam 4-0 Timor-Leste, Cambodia 0-2 Philippines

August 17: Vietnam 4-1 Cambodia, Indonesia 3-0 Philippines, Thailand 1-0 Timor-Leste

August 20: Timor-Leste 0-1 Indonesia, Philippines 0-4 Vietnam, Thailand 3-0 Cambodia

August 22: Philippines 0-2 Thailand, Cambodia 0-1 Timor-Leste, Vietnam 0-0 Indonesia

August 24: Indonesia 2-0 Cambodia, Thailand 3-0 Vietnam, Timor-Leste 1-2 Philippines

Final Standings

Teams

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Thailand 

5

4

1

0

10

1

13

Indonesia

5

3

2

0

7

1

11

Vietnam 

5 3 1 1 12 4

10

Philippines 

5

2

0

3

4

10

6

Timor-Leste

5

1

0

4

2

8

3

Cambodia

5

0

0

5

1

12

0

Photos: MASOC / AFP

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