Football: Thailand win AFF Cup after thrilling final against Malaysia

Fans of Malaysia cheer after the team scores the third goal during their Suzuki Cup final soccer match against Thailand at Bukit Jalil stadium in Kuala Lumpur on Dec 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Fans of Malaysia cheer after the team scores the third goal during their Suzuki Cup final soccer match against Thailand at Bukit Jalil stadium in Kuala Lumpur on Dec 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Malaysia's Safiq Rahim (right) scores a penalty against Thailand during their AFF Suzuki Cup 2014 second-leg final football match at the Bukit Jalil Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on Dec 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Malaysia's Safiq Rahim (right) scores a penalty against Thailand during their AFF Suzuki Cup 2014 second-leg final football match at the Bukit Jalil Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on Dec 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Thailand's Chanathip Songkrasin (middle) controls the ball against Malaysia's Badhri Radzi (bottom) during their AFF Suzuki Cup 2014 second-leg final football match at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on Dec 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: A
Thailand's Chanathip Songkrasin (middle) controls the ball against Malaysia's Badhri Radzi (bottom) during their AFF Suzuki Cup 2014 second-leg final football match at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on Dec 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Malaysia's football team players celebrate their second goal against Thailand during their AFF Suzuki Cup 2014 second-leg Final football match at the Bukit Jalil Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on Dec 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Malaysia's football team players celebrate their second goal against Thailand during their AFF Suzuki Cup 2014 second-leg Final football match at the Bukit Jalil Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on Dec 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Thailand's Chanathip Songkrasin (middle) celebrates after scoring a goal against Malaysia during their AFF Suzuki Cup 2014 second-leg Final football match at the Bukit Jalil Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on Dec 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Thailand's Chanathip Songkrasin (middle) celebrates after scoring a goal against Malaysia during their AFF Suzuki Cup 2014 second-leg Final football match at the Bukit Jalil Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on Dec 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Thailand football team players celebrate after defeating Malaysia 4-3 on aggregate during their AFF Suzuki Cup 2014 second-leg Final football match at the Bukit Jalil Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on Dec 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Thailand football team players celebrate after defeating Malaysia 4-3 on aggregate during their AFF Suzuki Cup 2014 second-leg Final football match at the Bukit Jalil Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on Dec 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Thailand football team players celebrate with the trophy after defeating Malaysia 4-3 on aggregate during their AFF Suzuki Cup 2014 second-leg Final football match at the Bukit Jalil Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on Dec 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Thailand football team players celebrate with the trophy after defeating Malaysia 4-3 on aggregate during their AFF Suzuki Cup 2014 second-leg Final football match at the Bukit Jalil Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on Dec 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

A late surge from Thailand gave them a fourth Asean Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup triumph on Saturday night, after a thrilling second leg of the final in Kuala Lumpur.

Although coach Kiatisuk Senamuang's men lost 2-3 before 90,000 fans at Bukit Jalil Stadium, they did enough to win the golden trophy 4-3 on aggregate after a 2-0 victory in Bangkok on Wednesday.

With Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak cheering the home team on, the Tigers stormed into a seventh minute lead when midfielder Safiq Rahim slotted home a penalty.

Things got even better during first-half stoppage time when Indra Putra nodded Norsharul Idlan Talaha's cross past goalkeeper Kawin Thamsatchanan.

Their comeback was seemingly complete in the 58th minute, after Safiq curled in a glorious 25-metre free-kick to top the tournament's scoring charts with six goals and give Malaysia a 3-2 aggregate lead.

Thailand looked incapable of getting that precious away goal until eight minutes from time when midfielder Charyl Chappuis pounced on a rebound after goalkeeper Farizal Marlias had parried a free-kick.

And in the 87th minute, attacking midfielder Chanathip Songkrasin, nicknamed "Messi J" by the Thai fans, showed a touch of the Barcelona superstar's flair when he collected the ball outside the Tigers' box and whipped a swerving screamer that gave the goalkeeper no chance.

With the 4-3 aggregate win, Kiatisuk became the first person to lift the AFF Cup as a player (in 1996, 2000 and 2002) and as a coach.