Thursday, 16 December 2010

Semifinal Showdown

Philippines will meet Indonesian national team in the semi-finals of the tournament AFF Cup 2010, 16 December. Indonesia will first travel to the headquarters of the Philippines. Philippines-Indonesia semifinal tie is it has upped the stakes for both teams in the Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup
Indonesia has no excuse now; it must win this.

The Philippines, the tournament’s feel-good story, is looking to milk its underdog status even further.

To the Indonesians, the Filipinos are mere road kill.

To the visiting Filipinos, nothing would be more satisfying than to spring a highway robbery against a squad whose biggest weakness might be overconfidence.

The AFF’s decision to have both legs of the semifinal played in Jakarta just thickened the plot of a story that, at least on paper, screams utter mismatch.

It has never won the Cup but Indonesia has consistently knocked at the door.

The Indonesians, three-time finalists, are looking to end a run of futility that stretches back to when the tournament began in 1996, seven AFF Cups ago.

The Philippines didn’t even win a Cup game until it beat East Timor in 2004, a win that ended the Filipinos’ tournament-worst 15-match losing streak.

Indonesia’s domination in the group stage was long overdue.

The common sentiment among its millions of fans is: “We’ve been waiting for this a long time.”

The Philippines’ run in its group has left people scratching their heads.

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