After Philippines, Thailand became the second team to secure a slot in the semifinals of the AFF Suzuki Cup after coming from behind to defeat Malaysia 3-2 in Singapore on Wednesday.
The match, previously scheduled at 4 p.m., was delayed for one and a half hour due to heavy rain.
Thailand kicked off with attacking strategy after Coach Kiatisak ordered his players to earn another three points, after they defeated host Singapore 2-1 on November 23.
However, the Malaysians showed they could organize sharp counterattacks in which Amri successfully defeated goalkeeper Kawin in the 28th minute.
Being led 1-0, Thailand continued their attacks and their efforts were paid with a goal by Adisak in the 43rd minute.
In the second half, Malaysia once again took the lead with a strike by Safiq in the 61st minute.
But Thailand came from behind to level the score eleven minutes later with a goal by Charyl.
When most fans were thinking about a draw, Adisak had his second goal to secure a win for Thailand in the last official minute.
With two consecutive wins, Thailand became Group B’s first team to be qualified for the semifinals with six points. The first team advanced to the semis was Philippines in Group A.
In the other Group B match Wednesday, the reigning champion Singapore defeated Myanmar 4-2 to have three points and higher chances for the semifinals.
Malaysia and Myanmar each has one point from their 0-0 draw on November 23.
In Group A, Laos will play against Indonesia at Hanoi’s Hang Day Stadium while host Vietnam will play Philippines at My Dinh Stadium, both at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 28.
Last qualifying round’s matches of Group B will be held a day later in Singapore.