Best of the Weekend – Dec 4-5

Indonesia and Thailand moved closer to the final of the AFF Suzuki Cup, while Chelsea’s streak continued and Tiger roared again as we review the best of the sporting weekend…

Garudas flying high

AFF Suzuki Cup surprise package Indonesia are just a draw away from the final after an impressive 2-1 win over a strong Vietnam side in the first-leg of the semifinal.

Goals from defender Hansamu Yama Pranata and hitman Boaz Solossa have put the Garudas on the verge of a fifth final and they will be looking to go all the way this time despite four previous final defeats.

Vietnam will be hopeful after bagging an away goal thanks to a dubious penalty from skipper Nguyen Van Quyet, but the neutral’s favourites Indonesia now have a great shot at making the decider.

Were they to make it it would be a fairytale ending following the team’s year-long international ban that ended in May.

War Elephants trample Myanmar

Thailand meanwhile, took another step toward what many people believe will be a successful defence of their AFF title with a comfortable 2-0 win over Myanmar in Yangon.

Two classy goals from tournament top scorer Teerasil Dangda put the War Elephants in a commanding position ahead of Thursday’s return leg in Bangkok.

Dangda now has 14 goals in AFF competitions and is just three behind the record of Singapore’s Noh Alam Shah.

With Thailand in such form, it’s hard to see anyone stopping them from collecting a record fifth regional title.

Chelsea give City the Etihad Blues

An excellent comeback win from Antonio Conte’s men at the Etihad saw them go three points clear at the top of the Premier League after Liverpool’s shock capitulation at Bournemouth.

The Blues were inspired by a fine performance from Cesc Fabregas who was making only his second league start of the season.

It was also Chelsea’s eighth straight win in the Premier League and although it’s still early days, they are beginning to look like serious contenders for the title following some early season struggles.

Tiger roars briefly as Matsuyama wins

Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama may have won golf’s Hero World Challenge in Albany at the weekend after holding off Open Champion Henrik Stenson to win by two shots on 18-under par, but it was another golfer who once again grabbed all the headlines.

Unfortunately for Matsuyama, all eyes were on Tiger Woods as he made his comeback after two back operations and more than a year out of the competitive game.

And although he only finished in 15th spot on four-under, it wasn’t all bad for Tiger as he carded a seven-birdie 65 on Friday and finished the week with a tournament high of 24 birdies.

Some encouragement, following a torrid time with injuries for the multiple major winner.

Matsuyama, meanwhile, grabbed his fourth win in two months.