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Malaysia lost 0-2 to Taiwan
Published on: Sunday, September 09, 2018

Kuala Lumpur: The national football squad showcased a very dull performance resulting in a 0-2 defeat to Taiwan in an international friendly match at the Taipei Municipal Stadium in Taiwan, Friday night.

The home side clearly dominated the match through a continuous attacks on the Malaysian fort and managed to open the net through Wu Chun-ching in the 13th minute.

The Malaysian team tried to find the equaliser, but the 1-0 score remained intact until the end of the first half. As soon as the second half of the match began, the Taiwanese intensified their attacks and managed to score the winning goal through Chu En-le in the 53rd minute.

Commenting on the results of the match, Harimau Malaya's coach Tan Cheng Hoe admitted that the muddy field condition had made it difficult for the national squad to break the host's defence.

However, he said he was satisfied with the performance of his men who had managed to do some dangerous attempts. "We have played in muddy field before, but the condition of the field here tonight was worse than anything I have ever seen, but I'm not blaming the field because the main focus of the game was to find the chemistry among the players called to play at several international friendly matches," he told a press conference after the game.

The audio recording of the press conference was was sent to Bernama by a Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) officer. Meanwhile, Cheng Hoe also expressed hope that the players could improve their performance when playing against Cambodia in another friendly match on Sept 10.

"It will not be easy as the Cambodian team is coached by former international player from Japan ​​​​​​,​Keisuke Honda, but I hope our boys will try their best to win" he said, adding that several friendly matches would follow as part of the team's preparation for the Suzuki AFF Cup in November.

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