Typical, what do I know about anything, after Malaysia defied all the odds to capture the gold medal in the final of the SEA Games
men's football competition this afternoon. In the qualifying games I saw, Malaysia couldn't hold a candle to the Vietnam team but that last-minute win over Thailand obviously boosted their confidence to the point where they felt they could beat anyone. And so it proved. An own goal sealed Vietnam's fate in the last ten minutes in a game I expected them to dominate. The Malaysians, who should've been thrown out of the competition after attacking the referee in their qualifying match against the same opponents, rode their luck and were rewarded with the gold medal after a barren 20 years without SEA Games success. Frankly I'm gutted as Vietnam's exciting team deserved to win the U23 tournament, they were the best team from all the games I saw, but no-one has that divine right and they have to settle for silver. And just to stick the boot in when I'm down, Thailand have pulled ahead in the race for the largest gold medal haul with 84 to Vietnam's 81, with just a handful of medals still to be decided tomorrow, the last day of competition. I think I'll forget about forecasting in future, I'm obviously really crap at it.
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