Timor-Leste book AFF Suzuki Cup berth despite Brunei loss

Gabriel Tan Gabriel Tan

Timor-Leste have qualified for AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 despite a 1-0 loss to Brunei Darussalam on Saturday as they completed a 3-2 aggregate win in qualifying.

Following a goalless first half at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium, the Bruneians broke the deadlock in the 74th minute.

An Azwan Ali corner caused panic as the Timor-Leste defence failed to clear their lines and the ball was eventually helped on into the path of Najib Tarif, who made no mistake in sweeping home from a couple of yards out.

However, the hosts were just unable to find another goal, meaning it is the Timorese who are through largely owing to their 3-1 win in in last week’s first leg.

With the progress, Timor-Leste now find themselves in Group B of the upcoming Suzuki Cup – which kicks off on November 8 – and will face off against Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and Singapore for a place in the knockout round.

Photo credit: AFF Suzuki Cup 2018