Football: Thailand seal Suzuki Cup semi-final berth with hard-fought 3-2 win over Malaysia

Thailand's Adisak Kraisorn (left) celebrates his goal against Malaysia with teammate Prakit Deeprom in their AFF Suzuki Cup at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Nov 26, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
Thailand's Adisak Kraisorn (left) celebrates his goal against Malaysia with teammate Prakit Deeprom in their AFF Suzuki Cup at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Nov 26, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI

Thailand booked their Asean Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup semi-final spot last night when they beat Malaysia 3-2 at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

The War Elephants survived a valiant performance from Malaysia, and had to come back from behind twice before delivering the sucker punch in the dying moments of the match.

Malaysia drew first blood through Amri Yahyah, who scored with a low shot outside the box. Substitute Adisak Kraisorn, brought on in the 41st minute, equalised less than two minutes later, firing in a low cross from Charyl Chappuis.

Undeterred, Dollah Salleh's side took the lead just after the hour mark. Midfielder Safiq Rahim went on a mazy dribble before firing home from just inside the area. But the irrepressible Chappuis drew his side level once again, before Adisak secured three points in the last minute of normal time.

Dollah said: "I think we did super, even though the result was not (favourable) for us. We still have a chance."

Malaysia take on hosts Singapore on Saturday in what is a must-win match.