|Coach Raddy is aiming his hat-trick of Asean supremacy|
Tasked with the enforcer role in the middle of the park by the Serbian tactician, both Fahrudin Mustafic and Isa Halim combined well to shackle the creativity of Datsakorn Thonglao who has been instrumental in the War Elephants' unbeaten run in the tournament.
|"Farra" (15) and Isa (center) - key Lions midfield enforcers|
To some critics, the Lions may not have played the most attractive football to reach to where they are (as opined by a fellow worker days ago after he saw a few matches), but what it matters most is the effectiveness to achieve the result at the end of the day.
|Baihakki (red jersey) shoulders the job well amid a weaken backline|
The shackling and disrupting of opponents' rhythm has been a buffering factor in lessen the pressure being undertake by our defenders who we know at times are losing out in pace on the flanks and allowing the flow of play in the attacking side of our game that eventually saw Khairul Amri repeated his 2007 feat by stabbing a shot from close range off an Aleksandar Duric's cross from the left in 61st minute to regain the lead after Thailand levelled the scores two minutes earlier.
|"Oops, I did it again" with Amri scored in the 61st minute|
So with Baihakki Khaizan's goal in the dying minutes that made it 3-1, it's more or less job completed although coach Raddy remain coy over popping the champagne at this moment, as he maintains the cautious approach for this Saturday returning leg in Bangkok.
While last but not least, we hope Shaiful Esah is ok after he suffered a knock at the back of his head that required urgent medical attention after the final whistle.
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