Malaysia lift first AFF Cup despite second leg defeat

Jakarta: Malaysia won the AFF Cup for the first time with a 4-2 aggregate success after losing 2-1 at hosts Indonesia in the second leg of the final at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium on Wednesday.

Prolific Malaysian Safee Sali broke the deadlock in the 54th minute, and although Indonesia scored twice through Mohammad Nasuha (71) and Muhammad Ridwan (88) it was not enough to overturn the 3-0 lead established from Sunday`s first leg in Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysia were runners up in the first final in 1996 but have failed to reach the trophy game since then while Indonesia have now finished second on four occasions without winning.

The cup is a biennial competition organised by the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) and contested by the national teams of southeast Asia.

Bureau Report