Power outage stops Thailand - Malaysia match

BACOLOD City – The Thailand – Malaysia football match at the Panaad Park and Stadium was interrupted briefly after the lights went off, with only 18 minutes left in the second half.

Thailand, the defending champion, was leading the game 1-0 before it suddenly went dark.

"I have seen games in England and in Europe that the same happened, so it is just unfortunate," said Australian coach Graeme Mackinnon who saw the match with Aries Caslib.

According to Mackinnon, a Japanese observer told him that had the lights not returned for more than 30 minutes, the game would have to be re-played today.

Fortunately, officials from the Central Negros Electric Cooperative managed to restore the power after a minute.

Though the power got back immediately, the game took some time to restart since the powerful lights in the stadium needs a few minutes before it can be at full glow.

After the restart, Malaysia managed to equalize before Thailand took the lead for good for a 2-1 win.

Thailand is now on top of Group A with six points, while Malaysia and the Philippines is at three points. Malaysia is second on goal difference.

Today, Group B wounds up its elimination matches with Singapore taking on Myanmar and Indonesia facing Laos. Indonesia is second with five points and Singapore third with four points.

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