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Group B: Three-way tussle for semi-final spots


Kuala Lumpur: Group B of the 2018 AFF Cup will be decided on the final matchday after Wednesday's results left three teams in the running for the semi-final spots as Philippines drew 1-1 with Thailand and Singapore defeated Timor-Leste 6-1.

The draw took Thailand to top spot in the group on seven points, ahead of Philippines on goal difference while Singapore have six points heading into Sunday's final group stage matchday.

Thailand will only need a draw against Singapore to advance, as will the Philippines should they avoid defeat against Indonesia and Singapore fail to win.

Philippines 1-1 Thailand

Bacolod: Jovin Bedic's late goal earned Philippines the 1-1 draw with Thailand in a match played under persistent rain.

Both teams came into the match with two wins under their belt but Thailand had an ace in Adisak Kraisorn, who scored seven goals in the two previous matches.

However, neither team was able to find the back of the net as the first half ended goalless.

After the Azkals spurned a couple of chances, Thailand took the lead in the 56th minute through Supachai Jaided, who poked the ball home from close range.

Five-time champions Thailand, however, were denied a third straight win and an early place in the semi-finals when Bedic's shot took a deflection, struck the post before going into the goalmouth past a desperate goalkeeper Chatchai Budprom.


Singapore 6-1 Timor-Leste

Singapore: A hat-trick from defender Safuwan Baharudin powered Singapore to a 6-1 win over Timor-Leste.

Safuwan headed home Singapore's first in the 12th minute but Timor-Leste hit back almost immediately as a quick counter attack saw Rufino Gama tapping in from close range.

Singapore however, continued to press and Safuwan scored his second in the 20th minute, slotting in a rebound.

Ikhsan Fandi further widened Singapore's lead in the 30th minute before adding a fourth for Singapore with a stunner - unleashing a bicycle kick to connect to a Safuwan header just before half time.

Timor-Leste defended better in the second half and Singapore had to wait till added time before sealing the resounding win, with Faris Ramli and Safuwan heading home.

Photos: FA Thailand, Asean Football Federation, AFP