M'sia beat Cambodia 3-1 in friendly
Published on: Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Kuala Lumpur: After a slow start and being shocked by the host's first goal in the first half, the Harimau Malaya roared for victory and scored three goals in the second half to defeat Cambodia 3-1 in an international friendly match at the Cambodian National Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh on Monday.The evening downpour in the earlier part of the game and the muddy field did not affect the rhythm of the two teams, but it was the host that found their first goal through Soeuy Visal's interesting volley in the penalty box in the 17th minute.

Shocked with the goal, the Harimau Malaya reinforced the game to find an equaliser, but the 1-0 result remained unchanged until the end of the first half.

In the second half, Cambodia intensified their effort to score another goal, but Shahrul Mohd Saad finally scored the equaliser for the Malaysian squad in the 62nd minute.

The Cambodian team continued to be punished by Malaysia when Muhammad Syazwan Andik headed the second goal, thanks to a cross-dropping pass from Muhammad Shahrel Fikri Mohd Fauzi in the 74th minute.

Muhammad Shahrel confirmed a win for the country's squad when he scored the winning goal in a solo move at the second-half injury time.

Malaysia will be playing against Sri Lanka in another friendly match in Colombo on Oct 12, before facing the Republic of Kyrgyzstan and Maldives on Oct 16 and Nov 3, respectively, at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium here.

The international friendlies are part of the national team's preparation for the Suzuki AFF Cup in November. – Bernama


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