Vietnam took a huge step towards being crowned Asean champions for the first time as they scored twice late in the first half to stun Thailand in the first leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup final in Bangkok.
Three times champions Thailand fought back from a goal down to reach the final of the Southeast Asian championships with a 2-1 win over Indonesia on Saturday.
Indonesia coach Benny Dollo insisted that his side still had plenty to play for in the return match of their AFF Suzuki Cup semi-final against Thailand, despite losing 1-0 at home to the three-time champions in the first leg.
Three times champions Thailand maintained their perfect record in the Southeast Asian championships with a 1-0 semi-final, first-leg win away to Indonesia on Tuesday.
Indonesia coach Benny Dollo expressed relief after his team kicked off their AFF Suzuki Cup campaign in Jakarta with an emphatic 3-0 victory over Myanmar in their Group A opener.
Thailand have escaped disciplinary action following their walkoff protest in the first leg of last week's ASEAN championship final against Singapore, the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) said on Wednesday.
On paper it should never happen, but tiny Singapore have usurped Thailand and their other more illustrious neighbours once again to become South East Asia's pre-eminent footballing power.
Thailand's disappointment at finishing runners-up to defending champions Singapore in the final of the Asean Football Championship has been compounded by the likelihood that head coach Chanvit Phalajivin will leave the 2007 AFC Asian Cup co-hosts for Vietnamese league side Dong Thap
Thai players and officials face suspension from the second leg of the ASEAN championship final following the team's dramatic first-leg walkout against rivals Singapore, the AFF said on Thursday.
Thailand coach Chanvit Polochivin refused to comment on his team's controversial walkout on Wednesday after they went down 2-1 to Singapore in the first leg of the Asean Football Championship final.