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
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.
equaliser ruled out
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
What could have been
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
Post match quotes
"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
“We know that we can be competitive
throughout the competition and this afternoon we came
back to win the three points.”
Timor Leste coach
“Today we didn't lose to
Brunei but rather we lost this game by ourselves.
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