Did you watch Malaysia VS Indonesia Suzuki Cup second leg FINALE? I did and just now 90 minutes had gone and Malaysians are now officially champions! The Malaysian football players kept their composure in the highly charged, nerve-wreaking second leg game to be the Asean Football Federation Champion! The Indonesian were beaten by our young team with an aggregate of 4-2. But their battle was far from easy. The Malaysian team fought tooth and nail against our arch rival-Indonesia, to lift the elusive Suzuki Cup! To win the Suzuki Cup is really a history feat for Malaysian football.
Kudos to our Harimau Muda for holding on to their breath to outplay the Indonesia. It is never easy to play in Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta especially in front of their hardcore football fans. Just a few days ago, a group of fanatic supporters rioted and damaged several facilities at the stadium vicinity because they could not get tickets for the match. A poor man was even killed in the riot. Can you see how insane some of these supporters are? I am really relieved that none of our players are harmed.
A few days ago Malaysia beat Indonesia 3-0 in Bukit Jalil. The match was marred by the laser-beaming incident on the Indonesian players. However we outplayed them only after that incident had stopped. Don't you think it is always easier to solely blame the lasers for their defeat in order to justify their poor performance? Only losers give themselves excuses. We were thrashed by them 5-1 in the opening game. Remember? Did we blame anyone? NO.
Our goalkeeper who made a lot of saves.
Today...the gritty Malaysian players put up another masterclass performance. Although we had a 3 goals cushion, the Harimau Muda never rest on their laurels. They defended solidly and managed to fend off the more fancied Indonesians. The match started with Indonesia getting a penalty in the 15th minute. But their captain failed to convert the penalty which was saved by our keeper-Fahimi. Then Malaysia had a brilliant shot at the goal which was denied by the Indonesian keeper Marcus. Gonzales again had a clear header for him only to see the ball strayed wide. Indonesians especially Gonzales has a handful of chances in the first half but failed to made any of the chances count. They were unlucky.
First half: 0-0
After the break, Indonesians kept on attacking our post but still couldn't break the deadlock. Instead it was Malaysia who drew first blood with their sudden counter attack. A long pass met Safee Sali and he made no mistake with the ample space he had on the left flank. So 1-0 with the pendulum swinging for Malaysia. Safee Sali strike showed all of us that his double strike in the first leg was no fluke at all. His predatory instinct has allowed Malaysia to lead. Our wizard Norsharul Idlan Talaha again proved to be the thorn for the Indons.
The Indonesian team was truly blunt without their live wire-Okto Maniani. Moreover their imported striker Christian Gonzales was equally toothless as he could not see much of the ball. But a moment later, Indonesian Nasuha equalized after their relentless attack finally broke Malaysian fortress. Indonesian kept on attacking and they managed to score another goal in the 87th minute through a deflection off our player Muslim. Indonesia 2-Malaysia 1. As the game progress to the final minute...temper flared...lots of rough action. A lot of yellow cards were shown. All our players held on to their grounds. In the end, 90 minutes with added time had gone and once the final whistle was blown...Malaysian are Champions!
Full Time: Malaysia 1: Indonesia 2
Aggregate: Malaysia 4: Indonesia 2
Malaysia WON the Suzuki Cup!
Credits to the Garuda for making it terribly hard for us. The Indonesians were the better team today but Malaysia truly deserved to lift our very first Suzuki Cup! So it is truly a memorable day to see our Malaysian team finally regain their footballing touch. By lifting this Suzuki Cup, I hope our players will be spurred to scale greater heights in 2011. May this success be their stepping stones to create more milestones for themselves. So what's next? The Olympic and World Cup? Haha :D Sounds a bit unreal but I am sure we can achieve it. Again congratulation to our Malaysian team especially coach K. Rajagopal, for instilling faith in our Malaysian players to lift the Suzuki cup of Asean Football Federation (AFF). Malaysia~boleh!