I didn’t even know there was an AFF Suzuki Cup, but there is, and I thought I could give this game a watch of a Sunday morning.
So, what happened? When I joined this, Brunei were 1-0 down but enjoying the bulk of the play – passing the ball well but finding it difficult create any clear cut changes. When they finally did create something, with 38 minutes gone, it was a corner kick that was headed home fairly softly by Adi Said.
They added another one before the break, a cheeky little finish from Fakharrazi though neither side looked particularly threatening outside their goals.
The second half saw a complete turnaround, though. Timor Este looked far more likely to score, controlling the ball, working it around their defence and midfield though notable – just like Brunei DS in the first half – carved out few chances.
An equaliser eventually came in the 71st minute, with Murilo slotting home beautifully from the left hand side of the box. He netted again ten minutes later, to complete his hat-trick, rifling home from just outside the box after being put into acres of space as Brunei looked to push back ahead.
With Brunei hunting for an equaliser, Fabiano found himself bursting into their penalty area and was able to create enough space for himself to lash a powerful shot into the far corner.
Entertainment Value? 7/10.