Tiger Cup: Malaysia in semi-finals

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Malaysia upset Thailand 2-1 in a Tiger Cup Group B match on Tuesday, clinching a semi-final berth.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:04 IST
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Kuala Lumpur:

Malaysia upset Thailand 2-1 in a Tiger Cup Group B match on Tuesday, clinching a semi-final berth. Thai fans were thinking beyond the semi-finals as they faced Tiger Cup co-hosts Malaysia with a place in the last four on the line for both sides. After 45 minutes of few chances, Thailand opened the scoring in injury time when Sarif Sainui beat the offside trap and then broke down the left past the Malaysian defence. He then found Sarayoot Chaikamdee who scored his fifth goal of the tournament to make it 1-0 to Thailand. Open confrontation The Malaysians argued with Iranian referee Moradi Masoud about the offside, but all it got the Tiger Cup co-hosts was a yellow card for Surendran Davaghan. Debris rained down onto the pitch from the Malaysian supporters while the players confronted the linesman. Debris thrown at the linesman also caused a delay to the start of the second half, but once the Malaysian riot police were in place play resumed. Malaysian supporters had to wait until the 63rd minute to have something to cheer when Muhammad Khalid Jamlus scored after a pull back from Amri Yahyah to equalise at 1-1. Two minutes later, Jamlus headed home from a cross bySaravanan Vellu to give Malaysia a 2-1 lead. It ended with Malaysia defeating Thailand 2-1 to book a spot in the Tiger Cup semi-finals with nine points from their four preliminary matches. The twice defending Tiger Cup champions head into their final match on Thursday against the Philippines on four points. They now need Myanmar to lose to winless East Timor if they hope to stay alive. (AP)

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