Although it was just the last match of the competition in the group stage, the atmosphere was very intense as this was a do-or-die mission for our boys in blue. But at the end, defending champions Malaysia booked their place in the semi-finals of the AFF Suzuki Cup and sent Indonesia crashing out of the competition with a 2-0 win over them at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium.
Now it’s time to face Thailand, and I hope we will do well against them.
This is something that I had wanted to address for a long time but the issue is so juvenile that I really think that I have better things to write about. But because of the tendency of my Javanese “cousins” across the sea to accuse this country that I have been raised in all my life with silly accusations such as “malingsia” (a portmanteau using maling, an Indonesian word which means “thief”) and other non-endearing terms that I am loathe to repeat here, this polemic does need to be addressed.
Denying the Indonesians victory on their own home-ground is proof that Malaysia has what it takes to be declared champions of the South-East Asian region. Last night the team was a tad bit slower (I find it funny how Indonesians had to surround Norshahrul Idlan Talaha with three defensive players each time he tries to get the ball), the fascinating players were Safee Sali with his lone strike and Khairul Fahmi Che Mat with his amazing saves, including a penalty shot. Indonesians have only themselves to blame if they fail to hit the back of the net five times, especially when they could have taken the lead through that penalty. As the sports commentator on ESPN said, “Indonesia is now playing bridesmaid for the fourth time”.
Tahniah, Harimau Malaya and tahniah, Rajagobal (you most definitely deserve a Datukship) for your team’s success. This victory belongs to you. Thank you for reviving the fortunes of Malaysian football.
It was an emphatic win by the Malaysian football team when they prevailed 3 – 0 over Indonesia in the AFF Suzuki Cup first leg final last night….but in a mark of total unsportsmanship, the Indonesian fans are blaming lasers for their team’s loss. This was even mentioned in Gizmodo. Seriously, how low can these sore losers stoop to? I really don’t understand why Indonesians are so hyped up about their team’s loss to Malaysia. Its football, anything can happen. You don’t see Malaysians trending the hashtag #indoncheatlaser on Twitter when the team lost 1 – 5 to Indonesia in their Group A match, do you?