Thursday, December 17, 2009

Malaysia beats Vietnam 1-0 in final

SYABAS MALAYSIA! SYABAS RAJAGOPAL! This is pretty much the same team that gave Manchester United a scare when they visited Malaysia only a few months ago. Here's the report:

Malaysia finally ended its 20-year gold drought in the SEA Games men’s football competition, when it defeated Vietnam 1-0 in the final played at the Main Stadium of the National Sports Complex in Vientiane on Thursday.

The National Under-23 boys, who came here as non-medal prospects, pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the Games to win the gold.

Malaysia last won the football gold in the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games in 1989, with a 1-0 victory over Singapore.

Vietnam's Mai Xuan Hop (right) weeps as the Malaysians celebrate their 1-0 victory in the Laos SEA Games football final. Mai's own goal proved to be the 'decisive winner' for the Malaysians. - AP Photo

The ‘winner’ came courtesy of an own goal by Vietnam’s Mai Xuan Hop’s in the 84th minute of a toughly-fought final. The football gold medal was also Malaysia’s 40th gold medal in Vientiane.

The victory was all the more sweeter as the Malaysians had lost 1-3 to Vietnam in a group match on Dec 6.

Earlier, the young Malaysians had knocked out defending champions Thailand 2-1 in the group stage to win a place in the semi-finals.

Then in the last four, they downed Laos 3-1 in front of a sell-out 20,000 fans.


Victor Ong said...

I watched the gam ebecause there was company. The first half was boring, but the second half only came alive in the last 15 minute sor so - to sustain my interest, i looked upon the blue jerseys of Malaysia as Chelsea, not that I support the Blues. i support Liverpool, Arsenal and Celtic. To know why, check out my blog at Keep up the great writing!

Mat Cendana said...

Excellent result and most encouraging for Malaysia! Too bad I didn't watch it - this thrill and excitement of watching Malaysia winning something live. It's been quite a number of years that I purposely avoid watching Malaysia in live telecasts.. football and especially badminton. I just can't stand losing, and my body would go all hot and sweaty:-)