KOMPAS.com – There is an apology behind the victory achieved by the Malaysian national team in the semifinals of the King’s Cup 2022 against host Thailand.
The Thailand vs Malaysia national team match in the 2022 King’s Cup semifinal took place at the Chiang Mai Stadium on Thursday (22/9/2022) night WIB.
The Malaysian national team as the guest team is actually not more favored to win the match.
Because, in terms of ranking, the Malaysian national team is still far behind the War Elephant squad, the nickname of Thailand.
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Currently, Malaysia is ranked 148th in the FIFA rankings, while Thailand is ranked 111th.
This means, Malaysia is now 37 places adrift of Thailand.
The difference in ranking that is relatively far does not make Malaysia discouraged. They actually appear full of motivation to be able to make it difficult for the Thailand national team made by Mano Polking.
The Malayan tiger, the nickname of the Malaysian national team, was able to open the scoring first through the action of La’Vere Corbin-Ong in the 32nd minute.
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However, they were missed when they entered injury time the second half, to be precise the 90+5 minute.
At that time, the Malaysian goal was burglarized by a Thai defender who used a free kick scheme, Pansa Hembvoon.
The score 1-1 then lasted until the second half was over. As a result, the Thailand vs Malaysia match had to proceed to the penalty shootout.
In the decisive penalty shootout, Malaysia beat Thailand 5-3.
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These results make Malaysia certain to win and qualify for the final of the King’s Cup 2022.
Apology Behind Malaysia National Team Victory
The victory of the Malaysian national team is happy news for football lovers in the neighboring country.
However, behind that, there was an apology from one of the players, namely Azam Azih.
Azam Azih is the player who gave the Thai national team a chance to score in the last minute.
He made a hard tackle near the penalty box so the referee awarded a free kick to Thailand.
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Thailand, who got a free kick from an ideal position, did not waste this opportunity. They managed to equalize and forced a penalty shootout.
Although in the end he was able to win on penalties, Azam Azih realized the mistake he had made.
He felt the Malaysian national team should have been able to ensure victory in normal time.
“Sorry everyone, I tried my best, but lost focus at the last minute. Thank you family and team for the words of encouragement that have been given,” said Azam Azih, quoted from Daily Metro Malaysia.
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Azam Azih admitted that he received negative comments after making a mistake that resulted in a goal for the Thai national team.
He tried to turn the negative comments into encouragement.
“Positive and negative comments, all of them will fuel my enthusiasm to be better in the future,” said the Sri Pahang FC midfielder.
After beating Thailand, Malaysia will face Tajikistan in the final of the King’s Cup 2022.
As for Tajikistan first to secure a place in the top party after beating Trinidad-Tobago with a score of 2-1.
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