Brunei 2-1 Timor Leste: Wasps fightback makes early impression
Saturday, October 15, 2016



Three goals in a frantic first half hour saw Brunei Darussalam come from behind to snatch a deserved victory in their qualification campaign opener. Timor Leste will feel hard done by and perhaps deserved more from a game that they could have won on another day.


11' (0-1) A defensive lapse early on saw Timor Leste's captain Jose Carlos da Fonseca break free and square the ball unselfishly from the left wing for a waiting Rufino Walter Gama who could not miss from four yards out.

22' (1-1) Adi Said reacted quickest and got his head on the end of his teammate’s pinpoint right wing cross into the box, powering a header into the back of the net to restore parity for Brunei.

29' (1-2) Shafie Effendy gave the Bruneians the lead, feinting with the ball on the left wing to make space to fire the ball home at the near post with his left boot. He had moments earlier ruefully miskicked a gilt-edged opportunity from the edge of the box.

Did you see that?
Effendy misses a sitter

Muhammad Maududi Hilmi Kasmi showed supreme strength and desire to fend off Timor Leste's pair of centre-backs and then sent the ball towards Shafie Effendy. Unfortunately, the midfielder comically mistimed his kick from the edge of the box as the ball agonisingly trickled out.

Timor Leste equaliser ruled out

With little over 10 minutes to go, controversy erupted as a Timor Leste equaliser off the head of their No.9 Rufino Gama was ruled out by the referee due to an infringement on the goalkeeper.

What could have been

Deep into stoppage time, Timor Leste's No.10 Henrique Wilson skied the ball into the stands and with it went his sides chance for any points in an otherwise even encounter.

Post match quotes

Mike Wong, Brunei coach
"A very tough game today. If you had asked me before the match if we were going to win, I would not have been too sure of what to expect.
“We know that we can be competitive throughout the competition and this afternoon we came back to win the three points.”

Timor Leste coach Fabio Magrao
“Today we didn't lose to Brunei but rather we lost this game by ourselves.
“We were not playing the way we should and this is something which we need to work on for the next game.”


Source: AFF Suzuki Cup


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