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AFF Suzuki Cup: Lions crowned kings of Asean for 4th time

Published on Dec 22, 2012 10:06 PM
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Thai football player Kirati Keawsombut (left) battles for the ball with Mohamad Shaiful Esah Nain (right) during their AFF Suzuki football Cup final second leg in Bangkok on Dec 22, 2012. Singapore lifted the Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup for a record fourth time on Saturday, despite going down 0-1 to Thailand in the second leg in Bangkok. -- PHOTO: AFP

Singapore lifted the Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup for a record fourth time on Saturday, despite going down 0-1 to Thailand in the second leg in Bangkok.

The Lions withstood heavy pressure from the home side throughout, but emerged 3-2 winners on aggregate.

Hopes ran high for the Thais when Kirati Keawsombut headed in Theerathon Bunmathan's corner right at the end of the first half. But Singapore regrouped in the second half with a determined defensive display to hold off the hosts.

After the match, the jubilant Lions paraded their new blue jersey with four gold stars - one each to represent the titles won in 1998, 2004, 2007 and now, in 2012.