Football: Malaysia Wins AFF Suzuki Cup

30 Dec

JAKARTA: Malaysia won its first AFF Suzuki Cup Wednesday by beating Indonesia with an aggregate score of 4-2 for the first and second legs of the Southeast Asian championships final.

In the final's second leg, held in Jakarta's Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Indonesia beat Malaysia 2-1 in a match attended by Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

However, the score was not enough to overcome Indonesia's 3-0 defeat to Malaysia in the first leg at the national stadium in Kuala Lumpur last Wednesday.

Malaysia's Mohammad Safee Bin Mohammad Sali, the top scorer during the 2010 championships AFF Suzuki Cup, formerly known as the Tiger Cup, scored the first goal in the 53rd minute.

Indonesia levelled the score in the 71st minute with a goal by Mohammad Nasuha and Mohammad Ridwan took the home country into the lead with a second goal in the 87th minute.

Losing the AFF Suzuki Cup tournament was a bitter pill for Indonesia to swallow after beating Malaysia 5-1 in a qualification match earlier this month.

Last week's first leg was marred by incidents in which fans aimed laser beams at Indonesian players during the game.

-AFP/ac

Channel News Asia

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