Brave Cambodia suffered a painful penalty shoot-out heartbreak in their AFF U-22 LG Championship 2019 semifinal against defending champions Thailand here in Phnom Penh yesterday evening.
After 120 minutes of normal and extra-time failed to separate the sides, it was left to peanlties to decide the fate of the two evenly matched teams.
After the sides traded converted penalties, 18-year old Sin Kakada skied his effort from 12-yards out leaving Marco Ballini to hammer home the decisive penalty for the visitors and send the War Elephants through to the final 0-0 [5-3].
Earlier in the day, a second half free-kick from Muhammad Luthfi Kamal Baharsyah was the difference as Indonesia defeated Vietnam 1-0 to book their berth in the final.
The only goal of the game came in the games 70th after Gian Zola Nasruloh was brought down on the edge of the box.
Luthfi‘s free-kick took the slightest of deflections on its way past the stranded Vietnam keeper Phan Van Bieu.
“The semifinal match is always intense, said Indonesian head coach Indra Sjafri. “Vietnam had two days’ rest but we responded well. So, we are looking forward to the final where we hope more Indonesian fans will come to watch us play.”
For Vietnam coach Nguyen Quoc Tuan, the result was a bitter pill to swallow.
“The semifinal match is not easy,” bemoaned the Vietnamese tactician. “The Indonesian goal was a lucky goal.”
Thailand face Indonesia in the final tomorrow.