Kim Pan-gon’s Malaysia catch the defending champion

Finally, the possibility of Korean coaches meeting in the finals increased. A total of 62,989 home fans went wild, far exceeding Jakarta’s nearly 50,000 spectators the day before. As expected, this tournament was rightly called the World Cup in Southeast Asia. In other words, Malaysian coach Kim Pan-gon achieved half of his success.

The Malaysian men’s soccer team, led by coach Kim Pan-gon, defeated defending champion Thailand in the first leg of the 2022 AFF (ASEAN Football Federation) Championship semi-finals held at Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on the 7th (Sat) at 9:30 pm Korean time. Defeated by -0 and raised the will to advance to the finals.

Faisal Halim’s sensational goal

Malaysia’s football fever was hotter than Indonesia’s the day before. One side of the spectator seats could not be used due to preparations for a large concert, but 62,989 soccer fans, 13,394 or more, came and shouted Malaysia’s victory with one voice.

Thanks to this shout, a wonderful winning goal was scored 10 minutes and 4 seconds after the start of the game. Rubentiran Bengadessan changed the direction of the roving cross raised from the back by defender Sharul Nazim, and Faisal Abdul Halim, the leading goal scorer, did not miss this timing. It was a sensational right-footed volley shot that matched the bounce that bounced high. Thai goalkeeper Kitipong took an angle, but it was an exquisite 메이저놀이터 winning goal that slipped through his legs.

Faisal Halim, who scored the winning goal, pushed a sharp through pass to teammate Quentin Cheng 17 minutes later, leading to a right-footed diagonal shot. It was a series of decisive scenes in which more than 60,000 spectators could shout Malaysia’s victory.

However, the opposing team, Thailand, confirmed the grandeur of the winning country right before this tournament with a high ball possession rate of 72.3% and a record of 18 shots (four effective shots). Former Jeonbuk Hyundai fullback Sasalak Highfracon, familiar to K-League fans, showed off his sharp cross skills on the left flank, and Tirasil Dangda was a newcomer.

Even in the face of Thailand’s wave of offensive, the Malaysian defenders did not lose their concentration until the end. As the second leg of the semi-finals will be held in Pathum Thani, Thailand on Tuesday, a single goal win in this game is not enough to guarantee advancement to the finals. 

Coach Park Hang-seo, who is dreaming of a great finale with Vietnamese players, and Shin Tae-yong, who is rekindling Indonesian soccer fever, are also aiming to advance to the final on one side.

2022 AFF Championship Semi-Final Round 1 Results
(January 7, 9:30pm, Bukit Jalil National Stadium-Kuala Lumpur)

★ Malaysia 1-0 Thailand [Goal: Faisal Abdul Halim (10:04, assist – Ruben Tiran Bengadesan)]
◇ Schedule for the 2nd leg of the semi-finals
☆ Vietnam (1st place in Group B) – Indonesia (2nd place in Group A)
January 9th My Dinh National Stadium (Hanoi)

☆ Thailand (1st place in Group A) – Malaysia (2nd place in Group B)
January 10 Thammasat Stadium (Pathum Thani)

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