Analysis

AFF Suzuki Cup: Throwback to the only final to end in a penalty shootout

Malaysia and Vietnam have proved themselves worthy of being finalists in the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup and with the second leg of the final almost here, the two still have realistic opportunities to be champions after 90 minutes.

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At the moment, the aggregate score is level at 2-2, with Vietnam holding a slight advantage due to away goals.

However, never count out Malaysia as they have a potent attacking force and – as shown in the later stages of the first leg – they can convert attempts to goals in a blink of an eye.

With that in mind, another 2-2 draw in the second leg results in a penalty shootout between the two teams.

In the history of the AFF Suzuki Cup, there’s only been one final that needed a penalty shootout to determine a winner and we take a quick look back at how things unfolded.

2002 AFF SUZUKI CUP – THE FINALISTS’ ROADS

Back in 2002, Thailand were looking to defend their 2000 AFF Suzuki Cup title but would not start off their competition the ideal way despite winning their first group stage match against Laos with a scoreline of 5-1. In their second match, they took a 3-1 hammering defeat to Malaysia which left them struggling for points.

With three points heading into the final group stage match, they would face Singapore who were level on points with the War Elephants. The only lead Thailand had was better goal difference.

The match ended with a 1-1 draw which meant the defending champions barely made it to the next round.

Meanwhile, Indonesia were part of Group A and opened their campaign with a 0-0 draw against Myanmar.

Needing a victory, they thrashed Cambodia 4-2 to get their first maximum points of the contest. Next was a 2-2 draw against Vietnam which saw the with five points heading into their last group stage contest.

Needing a win over the Philippines and hope that Myanmar slip in their last match, Indonesia dominated the Philippines 13-1 and with Myanmar losing 4-2 to Vietnam, it sealed the Indonesians’ ticket to the knockout stages.