Thailand and UAE through to Lion City Cup Final (March 13, 2008 )



SINGAPORE, 13 March 2008: Thailand and UAE are through to Saturday's Lion City Cup Final after completing the group stages with their third straight wins.

The Thais overcame Asean neighbours Vietnam 3-1 in a physical encounter at the Singapore Sports School that saw both teams reduced to 10 men in the end.

The win saw the Thais topping Group B and they will face UAE who finished top of Group A after a narrow 2-1 win over Chinese Taipei at Jalan Besar Stadium.

The other Group B tie saw Singapore A taking a first half lead through a Aslam Ismail header but three second half goals eventually propelled Uzbekistan to a 3-1 win.

The final tie of the night saw a gallant Singapore B go down 1-0 to Australia who scored through winger Kamal Said Ibrahim on the hour mark.

Vietnam and Uzbekistan will play each other on Friday morning at the Jalan Besar Stadium in a fixture that will determine which team finishes second in Group B for the right to take on Australia in Saturday's Plate Final.