Final match aff suzuki cup first leg at stadium bukit Jalil must be a tough game. Malaysia move to final after struggling win against vs Thailand 2-2 (advantage away goals) at Rajamangala stadium last week before to meet Vietnam on 11 December 2018 .
There must be a controversy in Malaysia when selling ticket online about 40 thousand at ticketonline.com.my sold out very fast. Fans harimau malaya that are not get the ticket very upset.
It was December 15, 2010, the semifinal first leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup. Malaysia were hosts to Vietnam at Bukit Jalil Stadium in what turned out to be a memorable night.
With both teams set to face in the final of the 2018 edition of the tournament, let us take a look at the only previous occasion that the two nations faced each other at the iconic stadium in Kuala Lumpur.
What transpired then has been one of the most memorable performances by the Harimau Malaya in the knockout stages in front of their home fans, as they eliminated the defending champions, Vietnam.
The stadium’s electric atmosphere served as the home team’s 12th man to full effect as Malaysia were able to show more confidence in their plays and frustrate their opponents.
However, after 45 minutes of action in the first half, both teams headed into their respective dugouts all-square and goalless.
Come the second half, as soon as the match clock have reached the hour mark, the breakthrough arrived as Malaysian forward Safee Sali’s header flew straight into its intended target with Vietnam’s goalkeeper Bui Tan Truong failing to stop the ball’s direction despite getting both hands on it.
Nineteen minutes after the first goal, Safee Sali put Malaysia two-goals up as he converted his chance off a rebound to cap a convincing 2-0 win for Malaysia.
The first leg result proved to be the decider as the return leg at My Dinh Stadium produced a goalless affair to put Malaysia through to the final against Indonesia, in which the Malaysian’s were able to triumph as well to claim their first ever AFF Suzuki Cup trophy.
Now, almost eight years on, with the first leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 final between Malaysia and Vietnam set to kick-off once again in Bukit Jalil, the question is, will history repeat itself?
Let’s find out on Tuesday, December 11.
PETALING JAYA: May the best team win!
Former Chelsea and Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba has wished both Vietnam and Malaysia good luck ahead of the AFF Suzuki Cup final, which will be played over two legs on Dec 11 (Bukit Jalil) and Dec 15 (Hanoi).
“I wish both teams good luck,” said Drogba, who met Chelsea fans at the Yokohama-Chelsea meet-the-fans session yesterday at Sunway Pyramid in Petaling Jaya.
“I’m actually in a difficult position because I’ll be in Vietnam next. I’m sure I’m going to be asked the same question. So, may the best team win in the final.
“Qualifying for the final is great for Malaysian football. When I see the Chelsea fans here, who are so passionate, imagine them supporting the national team. The atmosphere will be crazy.
“I’m sure it will be a good game.”
Fans were singing Chelsea songs and constantly cheered at the 40-year-old, who just retired from professional football.
When asked what Malaysian players can learn from African footballers, who thrived in European leagues, Drogba said players should learn that adversities only make one tougher.
“Many African players come from tough backgrounds. What make us different? We may lose a game or may not score a goal – but it will not bring us down. These difficult moments have taught us to be stronger in life.
“It’s part of our strength. Tough times will only make us tougher,” he said.
Those were the words of modest Malaysia football coach Tan Cheng Hoe – despite his fast-paced, possession-based attacking game being dubbed “Cheng Hoe-ball” by some fans.
“I’ve heard about it – but I’m not that special lah,” said Cheng Hoe.
“It’s just the way modern football is played. If you want to succeed in the international arena, you have to play this kind of football.”
Cheng Hoe said his playing style was first criticised by the fans but they have now warmed up to it.
“We can’t be playing long and high balls anymore. To be a better international team, you need to keep things ticking on the ground,” he said.
“The game now has evolved so much that teams are beginning to embrace short passes, triangle movements and good control of the ball.
“I’m happy that the players have adapted to the style.
“What’s more important is the players are bringing that concept of play to their respective clubs.”
Ever smiling and jovial, the former Kedah head coach said it was good to see Malaysia in the final of the AFF Suzuki Cup but reminded the players that the journey has only begun.
Malaysia will play the first leg of the final against Vietnam on Dec 11 in Bukit Jalil, followed by the return leg in Hanoi on Dec 15.
Cheng Hoe, who celebrated his one-year anniversary as the national coach on Dec 7, wants his charges to keep up their winning momentum even after the tournament ends.
“As a coach, I’m proud and happy with what we have achieved (reaching the final),” said Cheng Hoe, who was appointed by the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) last year to replace Portuguese Nelo Vingada.
“In my one year as national coach, we’ve shown progress but I must stress here that this is just the beginning.
“There are many tournaments and we’ve to be good in all of them.
“The players must be focused on the task ahead.”
Cheng Hoe was part of the national coaching set-up when Malaysia won the first AFF Suzuki Cup in 2010. When asked about the difference between 2010 and 2018, he said the style of plays were different.
“Coach Raja (Datuk K. Rajagopal) had his own philosophy back then. In 2018, I wanted to make sure that our players adapt to modern football,” he said.
“Only Apek (Khairul Fahmi Che Mat) and Mat Yo (Norshahrul Idlan Talaha) are from the 2010 team in this squad. The twins (Zaquan Adha Abdul Radzak and Aidil Zafuan Abdul Radzak) are the only ones who came from the 2009 SEA Games winning team.
“The rest of the players in this team are youngsters, who have good potential to be top professional footballers in the future,” added Cheng Hoe.
PETALING JAYA: Tickets for the AFF Suzuki Cup first leg final match between Malaysia and Vietnam have been sold out at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
This was confirmed by the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) on its Facebook page on Sunday (Dec 9).
It said counters at Gate A and E at the stadium had been closed after all the tickets were sold out.
The counters were opened at 9.53am.
FAM also apologised to them as it could only sell 80,000 tickets, which is line with the stadium’s capacity.
Two other outlets – the Football Republic in Sunway Pyramid and Al-Ikhsan in IOI City Mall in Putrajaya – have been selling the tickets but they have been inundated with fans and tickets are expected to be sold out soon.
These outlets are only selling 3,000 and 1,000 tickets respectively.
Malaysia will host Vietnam in the first leg of the final at the National Stadium on Dec 11 before travelling to Hanoi for the return leg on Dec 15.
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