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Thanabalan’s Slick Header Puts Malaysia In Final

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SHAH ALAM – With the Malaysia-Indonesia football semifinal match appearing to be heading to extra-time, find of the tournament N.Thanabalan struck again, this time with a neat header from a corner kick in the 87th minute to put Malaysia in the final.

Malaysia will be meeting Thailand on Aug 29th at the National Stadium, Bukit Jalil.

Playing before a capacity crowd at the 80, 000-seat Shah Alam Stadium, Datuk Ong Kim Swee’s boys had sounded an early warning when Muhammad Safawi Rasid made a darted run in the Indonesian box and made a precise pass to Thanabalan but he failed to convert.

In the 29th minute, the Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) player again threatened the opponents coached by Luis Milla but his piledriver was parried off by Indonesian keeper Satria Tama Hardiyanto.

The entry of subsitute Muhammad Jafri Muhammad Firdaus Chew to replace S.Kumaarhan who had to be stretchered out made a positive impact on the team but there were no goals from either side till half-time. – Bernama

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