By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Laos were minutes away from pulling off a major upset in the AFF Suzuki Cup 2012 when they led Group B rivals Indonesia 2-1 as the game headed into the 89th minute on Sunday.
However, Laos keeper Sengphachan Bountisanh then pushed a shot straight into the path of Vendry Mofu who scored to allow Indonesia to salvage a 2-2 draw and avoid total embarrassment at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium.
Laos had only won twice in Southeast Asia's premier international competition before, but they took the lead against the Indonesians in the 30th minute from the penalty spot. Khampheng Sayavutthi was the player who coverted the kick which proved to be a double-whammy for Indonesia as Endra Prasetya was just moments earlier shown a red card for conceding the penalty.
The Laotians also failed to finish the match with their full complement of 11 men as they had Sopha Saysana dismissed albeit in controversial circumstances. It helped Indonesia to level the game at 1-1 as debutant Raphael Maitimo headed home, but Laos refused to bow down to their more illustrious opponents and went ahead in the match once more after Keoviengpheth Lithideth struck in the 80th minute.
Even though Indonesian sub Vendry would go on to deny Laos a famous victory, their coach Kimura was nevertheless happy with the team play aspect of Sunday's 2-2 draw.
"I think the result is good for us," he said.
"The players played according to instructions and they understand my tactics.
"We don't have much of experienced Laos players in the squad. Laos league is a small league and not that professional yet but they played well tonight [Sunday].
"I don't know much about Indonesia. I have only watched them once on TV. They have good players individually but football is a team game and that's how we played our game tonight [Sunday]."
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