Here are the perfect pass blog’s power rankings for Match Days 1 & 2 for th 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup.
Winning in Singapore against Singapore was not only a testament to the teams’ strength but a validation of their fourth place finish in the Asian game this year. Kiatisuk Senamuang, the Thai Coach, may have accepted his current job with a clause on getting full control to allow him to bring his U23 players to the Senior squad and it worked well in the first game. Expect more to come from this squad.
Making something out of nothing is a trait that I admire in football and Indonesia showed it against a strong Vietnam side. The Indonesian squad were dominated by the hosts but they did not give up till the end and got a virtual away win. It’s scary once they start to play their game.
A man down for one full hour and they almost won the match, twice. Malaysia cancelled out Myanmar’s pace with drone-like physical attacks which led to bookings but worked for them in the end. Their defense is solid and reliable.
The Philippines may have won against the weakest team in the tournament but their attitude in coming back from a goal down and winning with four goals is by far a major positive for this squad. They will have a real test in Indonesia in their next game and the result will show how far they will go in this tournament.
This rejuvenated Vietnam squad was a joy to watch with their clever passing and attacking intent. Their deep, very quick, and have the home advantage but defensive woes haunted them against Indonesia. They are expected to bounce back against Laos in their next match.
Quite unlucky to have conceded a penalty to a hand ball infraction against Thailand which made them lose points in the end. Khairul Amri’s equalizing goal was pleasant but the whole squad missed some chances which could have won them the game. Their next assignment against Myanmar will be a tough and emotional one.
Myanmar started the game strong but the physicality of Malaysia took a toll and they finished flat in the end. They had a one-man advantage but couldn’t seem to capitalize on it. It’s just the first game of the tournament so a lot of surprises are still in store for this up and coming team.
Laos scored a beauty with the tournaments opening goal but conceded four goals against the Philippines after. Clearly not a good sign for the team given that will still play Vietnam and Indonesia. I expect a higher scoreline for the opponents in the next matches.