Here are the perfect pass blog’s power rankings for Match Days 5 & 6 for the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup.
The war elephants trampled the opposition in the tournaments’ Group of Death and finished with an unblemished record. Playing with mostly reserves in its final group game, the Kiatisuk Senamuang-mentored squad still proved to be on point against a tough Myanmar squad. Their dominance in the last three games suggests that they will power their way to the title but the recent editions of the Cup saw less heralded squads taking the title from the favorites. It is up to this young Thai team to buck this trend.
Beating the Philippines in the final group game proved the Group A hosts as title favorites in this tournament. The Red Warriors showed the defensive intensity that was not seen in their opening game. They moved the ball really quickly to stifle the azkals buildup and produced deadly counterattacks of their own to build a commanding 3 goal advanced after an hour. Vietnam is expected to ride the momentum of their big win to the semi-final where they will face a similarly-inspired Malaysia Squad.
Eager to bounce back against their last minute loss to Group B winners Thailand, the Malaysian Tigers roared back to beat Singapore in a crucial “away” game to seal their place in the semi finals. The killer instinct of their veterans were a factor in their last two games and it would be needed against an inspired Vietnam squad.
The Philippine Azkals were brought down to earth by a vengeful Vietnam squad after their big wins in the first two games. Clearly with the most sense of urgency, the Vietnamese capitalized on the many mistakes of the Philippine squad to deliver an emotional victory. But don’t count this resurgent squad out yet as they have shown their true quality in must win games. The Group A runners-up are keen to bounce back with one big bite against Group B winners Thailand.
Fueled by wounded pride, the Merah Putih demolished the winless Laotian squad ending the tournament with a bang. Sweeping changes are expected in the national squad after losing big against the Philippines.
The Group B host failed to defend their crown by losing against a hungrier Malaysia squad. Much was expected against the defending champions who end their group games with only three points and a possibility if being relegated to the qualifying tournament in the next edition of the cup.
The tournament has been a disaster for the highly fancied burmese squad who showed quality when they beat the Philippines in their own tournament and were unbeaten in the qualifying rounds. It will be back to the drawing board for Raddy Abramovich in building a tougher team as they will be co-hosting the next edition of the cup.
Beaten heavily by a ten-man Indonesia squad in the last game was not the best way for Laos to exit the tournament. The Laotian side will need to work on their defense in the next few years as they have allowed an average of four goals in the 2014 edition of the AFF Suzuki Cup.